Hurricane Irma Downgraded to Category Two Storm

The Atlanta skyline is seen Monday Sept. 11 2017. More than 250 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico — was under a tropical storm warning for the first time on Mon. Sept. 11 2017. Forecasters said the metro area could expect

Conditions, however, will deteriorate Sunday night into Monday morning, 10Weather WTSP meteorologist Grant Gilmore said.

President Donald Trump is also cautioning people in Irma's path to "get out of its way" and not worry about possessions.

The eye of Irma is beginning to move away from the northern coast of Cuba while weather is deteriorating in south Florida, according to the report. The plan is to drop off damage assessment teams in Key West before traveling to Opa-locka in the afternoon. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, the Highway Patrol said.

Irma is the first major hurricane to make a direct strike on Florida since Hurricane Wilma in 2005, and appears capable of a wider swath of destruction than each of the several storms that hit the state the mid-2000s.

The number of people left without power in Florida increased to 5.8 million overnight as Irma downed trees and flooded streets throughout the entirety of the state, state officials said Monday. The utility, which services much of south Florida, says more than 845,000 of those customers are in Miami-Dade County.

Florida's coastal and southern areas have been evacuated since last week with a record 6.3 million people leaving their homes.

There was no word initially about the status of two large and supposedly vulnerable nuclear power plants operated by state utility Florida Power & Light.

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After Hurricane Wilma knocked out power to millions of Floridians, FPL spent $3 billion over the past decade to bolster the power grid. Most of the outages were in Southeast Florida.

Tampa Electric reported more than 300,000 accounts had been knocked offline.

On Sunday afternoon, Florida Power and Light reported that almost 75 percent of customers were without power in Miami-Dade County.

Collier, Lee, Volusia, Brevard and Hillsborough counties each had more than 200,000 customers in the dark.

Dispatches from Florida are still slowly trickling in. "It's the road. It's being able to get supplies down", Newman said.

The flooding in Jacksonville was expected, at least to a point. The storm surge threat is a potentially deadly situation, ' the agency.

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