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