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Irma weakens to Category 1 Hurricane but still poses threat

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    Agence France-Presse

Miami, United States | Mon, September 11, 2017 | 01:36 pm
Irma weakens to Category 1 Hurricane but still poses threat The counterclockwise circulation of Hurricane Irma pulls the Apalachicola Bay away from land September 10, 2017 near Eastpoint in the Florida panhandle. Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm on Sunday, lashing the state with 130 mph winds as it moves up the coast. (Agence France -Presse/Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

Hurricane Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm early Monday as it marched up the US state of Florida's northwestern coast, with its eye located about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of the vulnerable Tampa area.

Maximum sustained winds had decreased to near 85 miles per hour as of 2:00 am local time (0600 GMT), with Irma projected to become a tropical storm as it moved into northern Florida or southern Georgia later Monday.

Warnings of dangerous storm surges remained in effect through vast swaths of peninsular Florida, where more than six million people had been ordered to flee Irma in one of the biggest evacuations in US history.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump approved Florida's request for emergency federal aid on Sunday to help with the recovery from destructive Hurricane Irma.

The federal funding includes "grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster," the White House said.

 

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