Irma dropped to tropical storm status Monday but is still very much a danger as it rumbles north over the Florida-Georgia line and into the Deep South after lashing most of the Sunshine State.
By Monday morning, Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm, with winds of 65 miles per hour (110 kph).
The destruction caused by the hurricane is so intense it's jeopardizing Florida's bustling tourism industry.
Irma will continue weakening into a tropical depression somewhere over northern Alabama or central Tennessee, but its swath of rain will extend from Arkansas to southwest Virginia. Her struggle to find water made her realize the threat from Irma. "We're gonna hold our butts and pray", said Helen.
Duke's outages jumped to more than 860,000 overnight; the company said they could ultimately exceed 1 million. They are stocking up with gasoline. John Ward, the emergency operations manager of Clay County, says crews have pulled 46 people from flooded homes by early Monday and an undetermined number are still stranded as the area's creeks and ponds are getting record flooding. Colleges including the University of Georgia and Georgia State also canceled classes.
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority suspended all bus and rail services Monday.
- More than 17,000 customers have already lost power in Savannah, Georgia.
Shares of larger insurers Travelers Companies Inc and Chubb Ltd rose about 3 percent.
Browne said almost every building was damaged. The airport "is not operational and continued gusty winds are delaying damage assessment teams from beginning the recovery process". At 3:35 p.m., the massive storm came ashore with sustained winds of 115 miles per hour and gusts up to 130 miles per hour.
Hurricane-force gust risks have decreased, and the previous hurricane warnings have been adjusted to tropical storm warnings for the entire WTXL viewing region.
The effects on the local aspect of the system haven't drastically changed.
WWJ meteorologist Brian Thompson says that in now looks like Miami will be spared a direct hit when the Category 4 storm strikes the coast.
Strong winds will break tree branches, topple small or weak trees and damage powerlines. He urged residents to store trash cans and outside furniture and equipment in their homes.
FPL's Lake City pre-storm preparations set to go. "Don't go out and play in it", he said.
"Stay inside. Stay safe", he added. It caused major damage to tourist infrastructure, including an worldwide airport on the sandy keys popular with Europeans and Canadians.