Irma downgraded to tropical storm status as it moves inland
Hurricane Irma hit Florida Sept. 10. A Category 4 storm, it left its mark on the Florida Keys, then downgraded to a Category 3 and hit Marco Island, Fla. Irma extended to Tampa, Fla., though the damage was not as extreme as expected. The storm continued to move northwest across the state as a Category 1 hurricane.
Early Sept. 11, Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm with winds of 70 mph—a drop from its original 185-mph winds Sept. 6. The storm is expected to stay inland over Florida as it moves to Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. Jacksonville, Fla., is under a flash flood emergency due to flooding from a storm surge, which has exceeded recordlevels.
Irma has left behind devastating results. At least four people in Florida have been killed by the storm, and at least 27 people have died in the Caribbean. Nearly 6.2 million customers are without power across Florida.
Image courtesy of the South Carolina National Guard.