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Irma weakens to tropical storm in Florida: forecasters

  • News Desk

    Agence France-Presse

Miami | Mon, September 11, 2017 | 07:55 pm
Irma weakens to tropical storm in Florida: forecasters The counterclockwise circulation of Hurricane Irma pulls the Apalachicola Bay away from land Sept. 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)

Irma weakened early Monday to a tropical storm as it continued on a northward path through Florida, the National Hurricane Center said.

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

As of 8 a.m. (1200 GMT), Irma was about 170 kilometers northwest of Tampa, with maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers 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 was linked to three deaths in Florida.

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