Irma No Longer a Hurricane
It's downgraded to a tropical storm but continues to batter Florida
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2017 7:46 AM CDT
Floodwaters cover a street in Dania Beach, Florida.   (Susan Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

(Newser) – Good riddance, Hurricane Irma. The storm was downgraded to a still-powerful tropical storm Monday morning in northern Florida as it moved toward Georgia and other southeastern states, reports USA Today. Irma still had winds of 70mph, along with pounding rain, and nearly 6 million people across Florida remained without power, reports CNN. As of 8am, Irma was about 100 miles north of Tampa. Authorities in Florida asked people to continue sheltering in place so they could clean up streets and assess damage.

"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," said Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler. Storm surge will continue to be a concern in Florida throughout Monday, and utilities warned it could be weeks before power is fully restored across the state. Much concern had been raised about Tampa, and while the city woke to flooded streets and downed trees, the early sense is that things were nowhere near as bad as once feared, reports TampaBay.com.

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