Hurricane Irma: 6.5 million in Florida lose power, thousands sheltered

Irma gains strength, targets Florida after raking Caribbean

Hurricane Irma has weakened to a category 1 hurricane over central Florida and will continue to weaken as it moves northwest.

More than two million people were also left without power across the state, which is home to President Trump's famous resort, Mar-a-Lago, located in Palm Beach on the east side of the state.

Hurricane Irma, which was reclassified as a tropical storm early Monday, saved some of its worst storm surge impacts for northeast Florida, coastal Georgia, and SC. It has winds of 75 miles per hour, storm surges, and heavy rains.

Miami-Dade wants residents to stay where they are, and plan to be there until Monday at the earliest.

Marietta could see between 3 and 5 inches of rain Monday, with wind speeds of 25 to 40 miles per hour and gusts surpassing 50 miles per hour. The National Hurricane Center predicted the storm would cross Monday into southwest Georgia, where a hurricane warning was in effect for a large rural area including the cities of Albany and Valdosta.

This came to the notice of Florida police, prompting the officials to set off a warning notice stating not to shoot at the hurricane.

At least five deaths in Florida have been blamed on Irma, and at least 20 have died since the hurricane first hit land in the Caribbean Sea as a Category 4 storm.

The phenomenon occurred on the Bahamas' Long Island, where residents took to social media to express shock that the ocean water appeared to be "missing".

Over 6 million people have been evacuated from the state's low-lying coastal and southern areas.

Some 166,000 people in Georgia, including more than 17,000 in the city of Savannah, lost power as the outer bands of the storm lashed the state. He said 19,500 electric workers have been deployed in the restoration effort. Even areas that did not face a direct hit from Irma saw flooding and downed power lines.

Georgia reported more than 570,000 homes and businesses without electricity, and there were 80,000 in SC. But once the eye passes and the wind reverses, the water will rush back in.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport said on its website it has no timetable yet to reopen.

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