Hurricane Irma weakens to tropical depression

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Tropical Storm Irma toppled trees and left many without power as the outer bands of the storm moved into North Carolina on Monday evening.

A spokesperson for Florida Power & Light, the state's biggest utility, said recovery from the storm would require a "wholesale rebuild" of the electrical grid.

Back in the US, while the winds weren't category 5 strength, they were still darn impressive for a storm that was weakening as it moved into downtown Naples.

The western part of North Carolina is expected to get 3 to 8 inches of rain, with as much as 12 inches possible in some spots, officials said.

Rain and winds have subsided in Florida, but the state is still reeling from the storm's destruction. Officials closed major bridges.

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

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that Irma would continue moving over Georgia Monday night before reaching Alabama Tuesday morning.

Hurricane Irma weakens to tropical depression
Hurricane Irma weakens to tropical depression

"The unfortunate loss of 10 human lives has been reported so far", in several parts of the island, including Havana, the agency said in a statement. Jacksonville reported flash flooding in the downtown area. Irma first hit the islands called the Florida Keys early Sunday, when the storm was at its greatest strength. "I don't have any numbers on fatalities at this point". He said nearly every mobile home park in the Keys had overturned homes. Roadway signs and fences could be blown over, and some roads could become impassable due to debris from snapped tree trees and branches.

At least five deaths were reported from the storm in Florida. We have downed power lines all across the state.

Over in Florida's neighboring Peach State, power outages surpassed half a million. It could be many weeks before all customers are restored.

In Riviera Beach, on Florida's east coast, winds partially ripped roofs off two apartment buildings, forcing rescuers to evacuate about 50 people from the complex, according to CNN.

- Strong winds and flash flooding are still a threat as Irma spins into north Florida and toward Georgia over the next 24 hours.

Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi says relief will arrive on a C-130 military plane Monday morning at the Key West International Airport.

President Donald Trump has vowed a full response to Irma and continued federal support for victims of Hurricane Harvey, which flooded Texas.

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