Irma weakens to tropical storm in Florida

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MIAMI, United States (AFP) —Hurricane Irma weakened early Monday to a tropical storm as it continued on a northward path through Florida, the National Hurricane Centre said.

However, it was still producing “some wind gusts to near hurricane force.”

As of 8:00 am, Irma was about 105 miles (170 kilometres) northwest of Tampa, with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour (110 kilometres per hour).

Early reports of Irma’s aftermath seemed to show that damage in Florida from the massive storm were not as bad as initially feared.

Television footage showed trees down and buildings with exterior damage, though people were able to make their way through muddy or lightly flooded streets.

The storm had carved a path of destruction through the Caribbean last week, where it was blamed for at least 27 deaths.

It slammed into the Florida Keys island chain as a powerful Category Four storm on Sunday. Irma is linked to three deaths in Florida.

Source: Jamaica Observer

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