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Irma Downgraded, Safety Concerns Remain

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Irma has now been downgraded to a tropical storm as it heads north over Florida. The storm made landfall Sunday in the Florida Keys as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, and has caused misery for millions of people along Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Historic flood waters are raging through the streets of downtown Jacksonville. Irma’s storm surge has pushed the St. John’s River to heights never seen before.

Nearby Atlantic Beach is also taking a beating from fierce winds and floods. Most roads are unpassable for anyone who tried to ride out the storm on the barrier island.

Rain from Irma started falling in Tallahassee Monday morning. Evacuation orders were voluntary here, but from the look of the roads, it seems like many people left town.

The hurricane made landfall in the Florida Keys early Sunday. This morning evacuated residents waited in line to get back home.

Irma weakened as it tracked north but still punished millions of people along Florida’s gulf coast. Power is out for about 6,000,000 customers and at least 200,000 residents are in shelters.

In Miami, 100 mile-per-hour winds snapped at least two construction cranes.

Cleanup is now beginning in Fort Lauderdale and other areas where Irma hit first. It will likely be days before the full extent of the damages are added up, but some residents are breathing a sigh of relief that Irma was not the monster storm that many feared.

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