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Irma Falls to Category 1 and Maintains Influence in Florida, USA

Irma Falls to Category 1 and Maintains Influence in Florida, USA”

It was still risky, with high winds reaching up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour, heavy downpours and tornado threats in Georgia's southwestern region, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Those winds push waves toward shore, and, because they're pushing water inland so fast, they cause flooding.

Florida's coastal and southern areas have been evacuated since last week with a record 6.3 million people leaving their homes.

Media reports link at least four deaths to the storm in Florida.

On Sunday, Irma claimed its first United States fatality - a man found dead in a pick-up truck that had crashed into a tree in high winds in Marathon in the Florida Keys, local officials said.

A sailor caught up in the storm in Key West has been streaming on Facebook Live at various intervals over the past 24 hours as the storm battered the coast of Florida, getting steadily worse.

The track of Irma will continue to the north-northwest over the next 24 hours, bringing flooding rains, extreme winds and a deadly storm surge up the Florida Gulf Coast.

Florida emergency management officials estimate almost 13 million residents - two-thirds of the state's population - remain without power.

Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm over Florida, but it still had winds near hurricane force. The second hurricane ending up veering north towards the mid-Atlantic, sparing the U.S. and islands like St. Martin and St. Barts, who had already suffered catastrophic damage from Irma.

The forecast path for Hurricane Jose in the next few days is so odd that internet commenters have come up with the advice, "Go home, Jose, you're drunk".

Along with this, St. Martin and St. Barts were also spared from Jose's fury which had become a Cat 4 hurricane then. That risk extended to the coast of Georgia and parts of SC, the hurricane center said.



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