Hurricane Irma hits Florida with huge storm surges

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In its latest update at 03:00 GMT Monday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) says "hurricane conditions are continuing across portions of the central Florida peninsula". More than 100,000 were in the dark in Georgia.

Maximum sustained winds had decreased to 136.8kmh as of 2am local time, with Irma projected to become a tropical storm as it moved into northern Florida or southern Georgia later yesterday.

Doppler radar data indicate that maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 100 miles per hour (155 km/h) with higher gusts.

Strong winds and flash flooding remain a threat as it heads north toward Georgia over the next 24-hours.

People in the heavily populated Tampa-St. Around 1 a.m. Monday morning, the department drove near Harbor and Fripp islands during high tide.

In Jacksonville, record-breaking flooding from Irma's storm surge continues to affect the city. He also described downed power lines and other debris.

Miami also saw its share of heavy rainfall near 12 inches and storm surge 2-4 ft above normal tides causing numerous roads through downtown to flood. "The surge is yet to be finished". Then, there's the lone model taking the storm through The Bahamas before making another Florida landfall.

The hurricane killed at least 25 people earlier on its path across the Caribbean.

Hurricane Irma threatens to knock out power to more than 4.1 million homes and businesses served by Florida Power & Light, affecting around nine million people based on the current storm track, the utility's chief executive said on Friday.

Some 6.3 million people in Florida had been told to evacuate. House-to-house searches will begin Monday, and C-130 military cargo planes will bring emergency supplies to the Keys.

After touching down at Cudjoe Key in the Florida Keys, Irma moved toward Florida's southwestern coast. And as Irma continues to track northward, unsafe wind conditions will extend into Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and the Carolinas over the next few days, according to the NHC. Affected states include Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. It received the first mandatory evacuation order.

This is the scene in Florida as Irma blasts the state with torrential winds and rain.

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