Irma weakens to tropical storm on northward ascent across Florida

Worst case scenario? Massive damage feared in Tampa as it awaits Irma's wrath

Worst case scenario? Massive damage feared in Tampa as it awaits Irma's wrath

It begins with the hurricane when it was rated as a Category Five storm menacingly gathering force before it devastatingly swept through part of the Caribbean and finally made landfall in Florida.

"That's skirting the coast, pushing it off-shore and you can see, essentially moving Pinellas County", said Storm Team 8 Chief Meteorologist Steve Jerve.

"We have a dog and there were not that many shelters that accepted dogs", the woman said.

At least nine deaths in the USA are now attributed to Irma, some hit by falling trees or tree limbs and one killed in a storm-related auto accident.

Hurricane Irma has already claimed at least 23 lives after smashing through a string of Caribbean islands this week, including Barbuda, St. Martin, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, where 1 million people were left without electricity.

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Flooding was reported along Interstate 4, which cuts across Florida's midsection.

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia in West Point, Georgia, has canceled vehicle production on Monday and Tuesday for all three shifts due to Irma, a company official said.

Waves crash against the seafront boulevard El Malecon, as Hurricane Irma turns toward the Florida Keys, in Havana, Cuba September 9, 2017. The governor described overturned mobile homes, washed-ashore boats and rampant flood damage. The National Guard also has arrived in the island chain amid official fears that a humanitarian crisis may be developing in the stricken region.

Hurricane Irma was getting weaker as it moved over the western Florida peninsula early Monday and has since weakened to a tropical storm.

The storm made its first US landfall at 9:10 a.m. ET at Cudjoe Key, Fla., with winds sustained near 130 miles per hour.

The storm did some US$20 billion to US$40 billion in damage to insured property as it tore through Florida, catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide estimated.

Irma was initially expected to hit Florida's east coast, including Miami Beach.

NBC 6 helicopter footage from Monday morning showed homes damaged and roadways under water in the upper Keys and other parts of South Florida. Facebook groups were forming Monday to help from afar. "It took longer to make that turn to the north that we started to see more over the last 12 hours".

A weakened but still risky Irma pushed inland Monday as it hammered Florida with winds and floodwaters that created hazards even for rescuers trying to help beleaguered residents.

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The White House said Trump had received a "comprehensive update" on Irma earlier Sunday while at Camp David that included details on her status, forecasted path, evacuations and preparations for response and recovery.

Duke's retired Crystal River plant, about 90 miles (145 km) north of Tampa, has spent nuclear fuel, but Hannah said that was not a problem.

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