Weakening Irma pounds central Florida

Irma Makes Landfall, Lashes at Southern Florida

Irma hit South Florida on Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

In Jacksonville, record-breaking flooding from Irma's storm surge continues to affect the city.

More showers are likely Tuesday morning with wind gusts as high as 25 miles per hour.

And more than 120 homes were being evacuated early Monday in Orange County, just outside the city of Orlando, as floodwaters started to pour in.

Hurricane Irma has regained strength as it begins pummeling Florida, threatening nearly the entire southeastern USA state after leaving a deadly path of destruction across the Caribbean islands.

Relief operations are under way in Florida, as the extent of the damage from Hurricane Irma becomes clear.

The hurricane made US landfall twice on Sunday, in the Florida Keys and at Marco Island.

Irma is now a tropical storm rather than a category 1 hurricane, but still has near-hurricane-force gusts. The storm gradually lost strength, weakening to a Category 1 hurricane by Monday morning.

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As of Monday, 800,000 customers were without power in Miami-Dade County, 640,000 in Broward County, and 526,000 in Palm Beach County, according to FPL's the utility's outage tracker.

So far, few images of the damage have popped up, as the storm takes its final breaths on Florida.

The National Hurricane Center predicts the storm will cross Monday into Georgia, where Atlanta has been put on a tropical storm warning for the first time in history.

FPL said its two nuclear plants in Florida were safe.

It is not known how many people did not follow the evacuation orders ahead of Irma's landfall.

An electrical worker repairs traffic lights in Naples, Florida. Other parts of the South, including Alabama, Tennessee and the Carolinas could be affected by the storm as well in the coming days, as its trajectory moves away from the Florida coast.

Tomlinson signed a local state of emergency about 9 a.m. Monday and forwarded it to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's office. At least 27 people died from Irma in the Caribbean, reports said.

Although Miami was spared the worst, large parts of the city are under water.

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