At-A-Glance: Irma spreads flooding, misery in Southeast

The eye of Hurricane Irma on Sunday passes through Naples Fla

Almost 60 percent of all Florida electricity customers were left without power, affecting about 5.8 million accounts, and some outages could persist for weeks or even months.

Hurricane Irma on Monday weakened to a Category 1 storm with top sustained winds of 120km/h battering Florida with continued hurricane-force winds, torrential rain and risky storm surges, leaving almost six million without power.

There are no immediate reports of deaths from the storm in Florida, AP reports.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 75 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Currently, more than 3 million customers are without power across Florida, according to utility companies.

The National Hurricane Center said Irma's winds were at 110 miles per hour (177 kph), just below major hurricane status, as the center of the still risky and wide storm moved farther inland late Sunday afternoon.

Irma has weakened and is now moving north.

Hurricane force winds are expected to continue this morning across south Florida as Irma moves northward. Even as the storm tracked inland, cities along the Atlantic coast, such as Charleston and Savannah, saw strong offshore winds push water up into coastal rivers, flooding parts of their downtowns.

Hurricane Irma knocked down power in dozens of Florida counties, leaving as many as 6.5 million customers without power Monday, the state's emergency management agency reported.

Hurricane warnings remain in affect for the entire peninsula of Florida and up into the lower portion of Georgia with tropical storm warnings issued for most of Georgia and parts of Alabama and SC. One person was found dead in a home in Shark Key.

Irma, now downgraded to a tropical storm, ripped roofs off homes and caused flooding and power outages across the state. Another person was killed in an Orange County auto crash. At least two dozen people died in the storm there and reports suggested almost all buildings on some islands had been destroyed.

The massive storm triggered evacuation orders for 5.6 million people before it made two landfalls in the state Sunday.

Wind speeds have dropped since then, but Irma is still a major hurricane.

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