About 1.1 million lose power in Florida from Irma, utility says

"As Hurricane Irma approaches, my Administration is working closely with our state and local partners to help save lives, protect families, and assist those in need".

Irma weakened early Monday to a tropical storm as it continued on a northward path through Florida.

In addition to Irma, there is Hurricane Jose in the Atlantic and another area of showers/storms that has a medium chance of tropical development in the next 5 days.

The National Weather Service advised Columbus residents to prepare for damage to porches, sheds, unanchored carports and other freestanding constructs. Especially in eastern Alabama. It is hugging the coast as it moves north.

A truck is seen on its side after being blown over as Hurricane Irma passed through on September 10, 2017 in Miami, Florida.

The National Weather Service says the first hurricane-force wind gust was recorded in the Florida Keys Saturday night ahead of Hurricane Irma, according to the Associated Press. Those winds are expected to last into the evening. The number of canceled flights was as high as 12,500 at one point earlier in the weekend, but now more flights are expected to be affected as the storm moves into Georgia. St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue has also suspended emergency services due to unsafe weather conditions. The storm headed north on Monday towards Gainesville and Tallahassee, taking risky wind gusts with it, ABC News reported. Miami International Airport, Tampa International Airport, Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport and Orlando International Airport are likewise shut down. The storm, since making landfall, has weakened and likely did not blow the anticipated amount of water into the bay.

A 2- to 4-foot storm surge is expected in the county and wind gusts could reach 100 miles per hour, said Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief. In many areas, the rain fell heavily.

"STORM TOTAL RAINFALL: Widespread 3 - 6" across our SC counties and 4-8" across our Georgia counties, with isolated higher amounts.

The wind advisory will go into effect at 3 p.m. Monday.

Irma battered the Florida Keys and wreaked havoc the length of the Florida peninsula.

Emergency services were suspended until winds reach less than 40 miles per hour. Higher gusts possible on the immediate coast.

  • Leroy Wright