Irma prompts first ever tropical storm warning for Atlanta [photos, interactive tracker]

National news: Hurricane Irma weakening but still presents a threat to life, say forecasters

"As if the hurricane wasn't enough", one said. The Miami Diaper Bank is actively collecting donations and will use 100 percent of the funds to directly supply families in South Florida with diapers.

Oil prices in the US early Monday rose 0.6% to $47.77 a barrel after reports said Saudi Arabia's oil minister held talks with Venezuela and Kazakhstan on a possible extension of an agreement to cut global oil supplies beyond March 2018.

As Jacksonville, Florida, grappled with record storm surge, the level of the destruction became more apparent in the hard-hit Florida Keys at the southern tip of the state. The Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Orlando airports shut down.

First Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Charley in 2004 and was the first major hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Wilma in 2005.

Nathan Deal expanded a state of emergency declaration to cover all 159 counties in the state as Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida.

"We ask our members to be patient", said Wayne Mattox, Clay Electric Communications Manager.

The storm, located about 5 miles (10 kilometers) west of Columbus, Georgia, is still bringing heavy rain to the U.S. Southeast on Monday night.

Winter Park is in Orange County, just of Orlando.

More than 800,000 were without power in Miami-Dade County. Brock said no injuries had been reported.

No serious injuries were reported.

Hurricane Irma developed as a tropical wave off the coast of Africa, quickly becoming a major hurricane as it churned toward the Caribbean islands.

Storm surge warnings were discontinued Monday for all of Southwest Florida as water began to recede. A total of 4,490 FPL customers had been affected by the storm, but 2,420 customers have been restored as of Tuesday morning, according to the FPL outage map.

Powerful storm surges could also cause more devastating flooding across the state.

Dutch search and rescue experts are heading to the shattered former colony of St. Maarten to support the humanitarian relief effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Four people were killed and dozens injured. The government says there are already almost 400 extra troops in St. Maarten and that number will rise to some 550 over the next two days.

On Marco Island, home to about 17,000 residents, 67-year-old Kathleen Turner and her husband rode out the storm on the second floor of a friend's condominium after failing to find a flight out.

Downgraded to a tropical storm early on Monday, Irma had ranked as one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record before barreling into the Florida Keys on Sunday and plowing northward along the Gulf Coast and moving inland to wreak havoc across a wide swath of the third-most populous US state.

Irma tied Florida Keys (1935), Gilbert (1988), and Wilma (2005) for the second strongest maximum winds of all-time for an Atlantic hurricane when it topped out at 185 miles per hour.

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