National Hurricane Center: Irma now a tropical storm

A shopper inspects water shelves at the Presidente Supermarket in the Little Haiti neighbourhood ahead of the expected arrival of Hurricane Irma in Miami Florida September 7th 2017

"As of this afternoon, we have restored more than 350,000 outages in the midst of Hurricane Irma, primarily as a result of the $3 billion invested over the past decade to make our electric system stronger and smarter", the utility noted in its statement.

By 2 p.m. Monday, Irma was about 50 miles south southeast of Albany, Georgia, and was moving north northwest at 17 mph with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.

More than 6.5 million homes and businesses statewide remained without power, and 180,000 people huddled in shelters.

In the center if the city, two men were killed when the roof of a house collapsed and the body of an 89-year-old woman was found floating in water inside her house, near Havana's iconic seaside Malecon esplanade.

'The wind literally pushes the water up against the shoreline.

The storm was downgraded to Category 1 but not before it pummeled central Florida, leaving destruction in its wake.

Irma continues to move north through Florida, causing airport closures across that state.

Hurricane Irma made landfall on Florida's Gulf Coast Sunday as a Category 4 storm, with high winds, torrential rains, and devastating flooding.

Authorities said they evacuated more than a million people overall as a precaution.

Close to 5.2 million people are without power in Florida, with FEMA chief Brock Long saying some places won't have power for weeks, CNN reported.

Antigua and Barbuda, St. Martin and the Virgins Islands took the brunt of Hurricane Irma's wrath as the storm cut power lines and communication to and from the isolated islands.

Downed power lines: There are many power lines down, Bowden said, and the main power pole off the island also went down in the storm.

Trump owns a resort in Palm Beach, Florida, where he has often traveled during his presidency, as well as three golf courses in the state.

The state of emergency remains in effect for North Carolina, Cooper and state officials said during a noon press conference Friday regarding the state's preparations ahead of Hurricane Irma.

It left more than 20 people dead across the Caribbean and as it moved north over the Gulf of Mexico's bathtub-warm water of almost 90 degrees, it was expected to regain strength. Irma had affected all 35 counties within the company's territory.

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