National Hurricane Center: Irma now a tropical storm

National Hurricane Center: Irma now a tropical storm

Irma made history by making landfall in the Florida Keys as a category four hurricane - the first time in recorded history that two category four hurricanes have hit the US back-to-back.

Jacksonville, the largest city geographically in the country, is grappling with a record storm surge and vast flooding. We are now experiencing 35 miles per hour sustained winds and 45 miles per hour wind gusts.

Hurricane Irma has regained strength as it begins pummeling Florida, threatening nearly the entire southeastern U.S. state after leaving a deadly path of destruction across the Caribbean islands.

Search and rescue teams in Florida are swinging into action as daylight reveals the extent of damage wreaked by Hurricane Irma.

The hurricane made US landfall twice on Sunday, in the Florida Keys and at Marco Island.

The low-lying Florida Keys were dealt a devastating blow by Hurricane Irma, according to Gov. Rick Scott, who viewed the battered coastal communities for the first time during a fly-over on Monday. At least 35 people were killed in the Caribbean.

Still, he said, it will take days for many people to be restored and, in some cases where the damage was extensive, weeks.

National Hurricane Center: Irma now a tropical storm
National Hurricane Center: Irma now a tropical storm

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said during a briefing Monday afternoon that people shouldn't be trying to ride out the flooding that has followed Irma. Some 900,000 customers lost power in Georgia. This also happened in the Bahamas, Key Largo, Fort Myers and the Florida Panhandle.

BOOKER: Utility crews from around the country are headed to Florida to help in the restoration efforts.

No deaths in Florida were immediately linked to the storm.

The massive storm triggered evacuation orders for 5.6 million people before it made two landfalls in the state Sunday.

10 people have been killed in Florida, Georgia and SC. However, there is some good news to report on the Irma front today: according to the latest information from CNN, what was once classified as one of the worst hurricanes in recorded history has been downgraded to a tropical storm.

Governor Kay Ivey ordered certain state offices and buildings to close on Monday, while the state's emergency operations plan and National Guard had been activated since Saturday.

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