Irma now a tropical storm

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Seven deaths in Florida have been blamed on Irma, along with three in SC and two in Georgia.

If you aren't caught up, here's what happened on Sunday: When Irma was still a healthy Category 3 and 4-force hurricane in South Florida, its outer winds blew from the northeast into Tampa Bay, pushing the water out to the Gulf of Mexico. Most mobile homes in the Keys were destroyed.

"This is going to be a frustrating event".

"Basically, every house in the Keys was impacted in some way", said FEMA administrator Brock Long, according to CNN. About 6.2 million people- a third of whom live in Florida- are still without power.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Irma's wrath is unprecedented, warning that storm surges could be deadly.

Earlier Monday, authorities sent an aircraft carrier and other Navy ships to help with search-and-rescue operations in Florida on Monday as a flyover of the hurricane-battered Keys yielded what the governor said were scenes of devastation.

The storm hit Marco Island at 15:35 local time (19:35 GMT).It is now losing strength, but is expected to remain a hurricane at least until Monday morning, the NHC said. Hurricane Harvey plowed into Houston late last month, killing about 60 and wreaking some $180bn in damage, largely through flooding.

Florida officials are urging people to stay in their homes and shelters, even if it looks like Hurricane Irma has passed.

Thirty-two kilometres may have made a US$150 billion (S$202 billion) difference.

Tampa Electric said power had already been restored to about 20 percent of its customers who had been impacted.

No timetable for reopening the remainder of the Keys was given.

Hurricane Irma weakens to a tropical storm after tearing through southwest Florida.

Downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, Irma flooded several northern Florida cities with heavy rain and high storm surge on Monday as it headed out of the state after cutting power to millions and ripping roofs off homes.

Insured property losses in Florida from Irma were expected to run from $20bn to $40bn, catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide estimated. And so it's going to ... take us a little bit longer to do everything we care to do after a storm because we have to bring the assets south. "It means it hasn't gotten to us yet", he said. "As we rebuild, that will help GDP".

"I didn't see the damage I thought I would see", he reported.

Jose appears to have spared, for the most part, the Caribbean islands hardest hit by Irma last week, but it still has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.

The storm is blamed for at least six deaths in Florida, three in Georgia and four in SC. It also spread misery into Georgia and SC as it moved inland with winds at 50 miles per hour, causing flooding and power outages.

At 6pm GMT, its centre had moved into southern Georgia, the National Hurricane Center said.

Hurricane Jose formed less than a week after Hurricane Irma, and he's possibly headed toward the U.S.

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