Miami police share picture of Hurricane Irma looters in jail

Tornadoes Spotted in Florida as Irma Approaches

The storm, which is now 255 miles northeast of Grand Turk Island in the Caribbean, is already complicating efforts to relieve the devastation brought about by Hurricane Irma.

About 16,500 permanent residents live in the affluent enclave of Marco Island; officials estimate that 3,000 to 5,000 people chose to stay during the hurricane.

Gobeil says the airport created an overflow parking plan to allow planes unable to land in areas such as Florida to park at the airport in Atlanta.

But on Saturday, all that changed when Irma's course shifted.

This is the scene in Florida as Irma blasts the state with torrential winds and rain. We have downed power lines all across the state. "Preparation for this storm will not detract from World Vision's continued response to Hurricane Harvey", the children's charity said. However, once it clears Cuba, Irma, is expected to pick up steam as it heads northwest to land fall in Florida near the lower west coast of the state.

According to ABC News, seven people have died in Florida due to the storm.

Irma weakened to a Category 1 hurricane at around 2 a.m Monday as it's center and core moved over land, forecasters said, and it could be downgraded to a tropical storm by late Monday morning.

The latest from the National Weather Service has Hurricane Irma is now heading for Florida's West Coast.

Several hurricane warnings and watches now are in effect for Florida and the Tampa Bay region, meaning that within the next two days, hurricane-force winds in excess of 74 miles per hour likely will be a reality.

The National Hurricane Center predicted the storm would cross Monday into southwest Georgia, where a hurricane warning was in effect for a large rural area including the cities of Albany and Valdosta.

As of Monday the storm had weakened to a depression, with wind speeds of 60 miles per hour (95 kilometers per hour), but it continued to threaten northern parts of the state with flooding. That could cause serious flooding both in St. Petersburg and Tampa, even inland.

First Irma slammed into the Florida Keys Sunday morning as a Category 4 hurricane, ripping roofs off of mobile homes and littering roads with debris.

Almost the entire Florida coastline remained under hurricane watches and warnings, and the latest projections could shift again, sparing or savaging other parts of the state. About 6.4 million people were told to flee.

Irma has already devastated parts of the Caribbean, killing at least 28 people.

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