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As it happened: Millions without power as weakened Irma barrels through Florida

© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America/AFP | Broken tree branches block roads in the Coral Beach neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale as Hurricane Irma hits Florida on September 10.

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-09-11

A weakening but still potent Hurricane Irma lashed Florida's Gulf Coast overnight, with strong winds and pounding rain leaving millions of homes without power.

  • Irma was downgraded to a Category 1 storm early on Monday.
  • Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida twice, and three storm-related deaths have been reported.
  • More than 4 million homes and businesses are without power across the state as the storm travels north.
  • Parts of the city of Miami are underwater.
  • The hurricane first made landfall on Marco Island off Florida's west coast with winds of up to 105mph (169km/h).
  • Irma has already devastated parts of the Caribbean, killing at least 28 people.
  • Irma is due to continue churning northward on Monday before diminishing to a tropical storm over far-northern Florida or southern Georgia later in the day.
  • Hurricane José, now a category 3 storm, has spared those Caribbean islands and drifted northward, allowing recovery operations after Irma to continue.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron will visit the devastated island of Saint Martin on Tuesday morning.

Date created : 2017-09-10

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