Insurer Stocks Jump as Irma Impact Seen Less Severe Than Feared

Irma 8 p.m. update

After tearing through the Caribbean, Irma, the formerly powerful Category 5 hurricane, is now losing strength.

There were no immediate reports of deaths in Florida.

That's because wind from the east side of Irma would be blowing toward Tampa, pushing water from the bay inland and raising the height of the storm surge, he said.

Map of Tropical Storm Irma and Hurricane Jose.

By late Sunday night, Florida officials said there were shelters open in 64 of Florida's 67 counties - 573 shelters across the state, holding 155,000 people, The Washington Post reported.

More than six million people have been ordered to evacuate the southern end, that's about a third of the state's population.

A monster Hurricane Irma roared into Florida with 130 miles per hour winds Sunday for what was a sustained assault on almost the entire Sunshine State, submerging streets, knocking out power to millions and snapping massive construction cranes over the Miami skyline.

Update 5 a.m.: Hurricane Irma continues to move across Florida's northwestern coast, weakening as it goes.

Some 400 miles (640 kilometers) north of the Keys, people in the Tampa-St.

In the low-lying Keys, where a storm surge of over 10 feet (3 meters) was recorded, appliances and furniture were seen floating away, and Monroe County spokeswoman Cammy Clark said the ocean waters were filled with navigation hazards, including sunken boats. Many classrooms also were closed in Georgia, which was was under a tropical storm warning for much of Monday.

- A storm surge warning wraps around the state, from Brevard County to Tampa Bay.

Irma, meanwhile, was making its way north after making landfall on the southwestern coast of Florida. "First thing I saw were the trees down", said Jesse Hinson, who arrived to check on his house and was amazed by his luck. The company warned, however, it would take longer to restore power to customers who suffered tornado damage or severe flooding.

CNN reports Irma has been downgraded to a category 2 storm, still packing wind gusts of over 100 miles per hour.

Video footage from Miami shows a frightening scene, with howling winds tearing through the city's streets and whipping the rising flood waters into a frothy river. "We all sort of scattered around the country when we evacuated, so we're trying to stay in touch", said Suzanne Trottier, who left her Key West, Florida, home for Virginia nearly a week ago ahead of Irma. Home flooded by surge, vehicle trapped under a auto, but still they managed to have a positive perspective after Hurricane Irma. "Preparation for this storm will not detract from World Vision's continued response to Hurricane Harvey", the children's charity said. We've got a lot of power out ... we are doing everything we can do get food and water throughout the state.

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