Irma downgraded to tropical depression; city flooding continues

President Trump and members of the Cabinet praying for people in the path of Hurricane Irma before the start of their meeting at Camp David

President Trump and members of the Cabinet praying for people in the path of Hurricane Irma before the start of their meeting at Camp David

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.

The storm has now been downgraded to a tropical depression and is expected to peter out in the coming days. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 70 miles per hour, with higher gusts.

It would cross the eastern Florida Panhandle and move into southern Georgia later in the day, dumping as much as 41cm of rain, it said.

Reporters shared videos on Twitter of the storm, as they stood out during the fierce winds and savage rain to report on the devastation. Reports say that 10,000 people chose to ride out the storm. The storm came ashore on Sunday afternoon in southwest Florida as a Category 4 hurricane, causing extensive damage to the Florida Keys, Miami, Naples and several other areas. As a result, severe flooding has ravaged many communities big and small, with streets and cars buried under the trail of excess water and debris that the storm has left in its path.

The National Weather Service called the flooding "a particularly unsafe situation". We've got roads that are impassable right now.

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"We will continue to ask people to deter travel or proceed with caution".

"The bulk of the assistance we requested well before Irma's impact is already on its way", FKECA said. Tomlinson said she wanted to stress that there was no formal curfew.

Some Florida utilities, including FPL, warned customers it could take weeks to restore power in the hardest hit areas because infrastructure systems in some of those places will need to be rebuilt. Winds have snapped power lines and 72 percent of homes there are without electricity, officials say. Those looking for shelters can call 211 for more information.

State government offices are closed, as are public schools and state college and universities. "We want everybody to survive this storm".

However, Irma is expected to fizzle out over land while Hurricane Jose will make a loop before moving west again. In Tallahassee where the effects of Irma, now a tropical storm, are still being felt, some 29,000 customers remain in the dark.

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