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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.

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.

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