Hurricane Irma takes destructive path through Florida

Midday projections show Hurricane Irma's possible path as it passes over the Dominican Republic Thurs. Sept. 7 2017- NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

Hurricane Irma takes destructive path through Florida

At 8:00 a.m. Monday, Irma was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm.

Now the entire Georgia coast is under a storm surge warning as Irma continues its destructive march north.

Expect light rain with winds at 20 to 30 miles per hour.

"The vast majority of Alabamians are only going to be affected by thunderstorm-like wind and rain conditions with some possible flash flooding", Ivey said.

The governor described overturned mobile homes, washed-ashore boats and rampant flood damage.

Florida residents have begun to dig out in hurricane-scarred Florida and officials are slowly piecing together the scope of Irma's vicious path of destruction across the peninsula.

A hurricane watch was also issued for the SC coast from the Georgia line to Edisto Beach, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southwest of Charleston.

Reports say that 10,000 people chose to ride out the storm.

Much of the state's east and west coasts remained vulnerable on Monday to storm surges, when hurricanes push ocean water dangerously over normal levels.

US President Donald Trump has directed the full resources of the federal government to help Florida and other states hit by Hurricane Irma and has "great concern" about the storm as it batters the Florida coast, his vice-president said on Sunday (Sept 10).

Massive cleanup: Mayor Bill Barnett says trees are down and streets are flooded, even though the storm surge wasn't as bad as officials feared.

"This is going to be a very, very lengthy restoration, arguably the most lengthy restoration and most complex in US history", he said, asking that customers be patient.

Winds and rain from Hurricane Irma have moved into SC and officials warn residents to be very careful throughout the day. A storm surge warning and a tropical storm warning are in effect from near Georgetown into Florida.

Florida's Division of Emergency Management said about noon on Monday that 6.52 million utility customers in the state were without power. "We are trying to do everything that we can to get people safe", he said. All around the region, millions of homes and businesses lost power during Irma's passage, with many of those outages in Florida.

This is the first year on record that the continental United States has had two Category 4 hurricane landfalls in the same year.

More than 180,000 people huddled in shelters in the Sunshine State.

Irma, which killed at least 22 people in the Caribbean, was likely to cause billions of dollars in damage to the third-most-populous U.S. state.

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