Hurricane Irma unleashes full fury on Florida's Gulf Coast

Irma now taking aim at Tampa as Floridians hustle to leave

Irma now taking aim at Tampa as Floridians hustle to leave

The hurricane weakened into a still-dangerous tropical storm overnight as it pushed inland, triggering record flooding in Florida's northeastern corner.

The greatly weakened low pressure area will slow down and linger over Tennessee on Tuesday and Wednesday as showers continue moving north into the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic. The storm headed north on Monday towards Gainesville and Tallahassee, taking risky wind gusts with it, ABC News reported. He said nearly every mobile home park in the Keys had overturned homes.

Irma, which hit Florida as a category four hurricane on Sunday, has now been downgraded to a tropical storm. "But we do know that in the eastern portions of our state, they need to start preparing themselves for tropical storm conditions". A Storm Surge warning has officially been instated from the South Santee River to Jupiter Inlet, North Miami Beach to the Ochlockonee River, the Florida Keys, and Tampa Bay. Areas to the east of the eye of the storm were hit the hardest.

The first aerial images have come in of the extensive damage left by Hurricane Irma in South Florida and the Florida Keys, where county administrators said an "astounding recovery effort" that will soon involve an aircraft carrier is beginning Monday.

Florida Gov. Scott Will Fly Over Florida Keys to Assess Irma Damage
That surcharge was capped at around $4 per month for the average residential customer, according to NextEra's 2016 annual report. The governor says the road closures are spread across seven counties. - Massive power outages remain throughout the Southeast.

Carroll said NWS is not expecting significant storm impact, but officials are expecting some trees to fall.

Anxious relatives, generous volunteers and frantic neighbors turned to social media after Hurricane Irma wiped out electricity and cell service to many communities around Florida, cutting off most contact with remote islands in the Keys. There were no immediate reports of tornadoes touching down.

In Florida and southern Georgia, more than 8 million people face hurricane-force winds topping 74 miles per hour, said Ryan Maue of WeatherBell Analytics.

The storm surge could reach 6 feet, especially from late morning to mid-afternoon.

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Also ahead, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries' monthly report to assess global supply and demand levels is due. Demand rose by 2.3 million barrels a day in the second quarter of this year.

"Stay off the roads, stay off the streets, let us complete our assessment, clear the roads of water, power lines, trees and then you can get out there and determine what happened to your individual property or your neighborhood", Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler told CNN.

Florida emergency officials said more than 5.8 million homes and businesses in Florida were without power Monday morning. There are more than 160,000 in shelters statewide.

The Caribbean saw scenes of catastrophic destruction, a preview of what Florida faces as the onslaught brought about by Hurricane Irma continues, as shown in the video below.

Search and rescue teams in Florida are swinging into action as daylight reveals the extent of damage wreaked by Hurricane Irma.

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Mr Juncker accused Turkey of distancing itself from the European Union and said the country would not become a member of the bloc for the "foreseeable future".

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