Florida power company says restoration 'will take weeks' after Irma

Florida power company says restoration 'will take weeks' after Irma

The previous record was held by Typhoon Haiyan, also called Super Typhoon Yolanda, which hit the Philippines in 2013.

The warnings pertained mostly to communities along the St. Johns River, where storm surges were expected to push water four to six feet above normal high-tide levels.

The death toll from Hurricane Irma has risen to 12 in the United States, local authorities said on Tuesday.

The storm gradually lost strength, weakening to a tropical storm on Monday morning as it moved towards southern Georgia, the National Hurricane Center said.

After the storm formed, it intensified quickly. Where the storm will go from there is hard to predict, but some models suggest it will regain some strength as it moves west-northwest toward the U.S. beginning Thursday.

Updated projections over the weekend put Tampa, Florida, squarely in Irma's path. Mayor Bob Buckhorn told CNBC the city was "staring into the abyss".

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Other areas of low-lying Orange County also reported flooding, although no injuries were reported.

Millions of people in Florida woke up without power on Monday morning as Hurricane Irma tears through the state, leaving a trail of flooding and devastation in its wake.

More than four million customers were without power throughout the state, according to Florida's Division of Emergency Management. That is in addition to the $190 billion hit to the economy from Hurricane Harvey.

"Unable to move to the north and restricted from moving to the east by a developing upper-level high pressure, Jose should have no choice but to meander for a few days between Bermuda and the southeast US", he said. "No cell service in at least the lower and middle Keys", said Bill South of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The hurricane, once a fearsome Category 5 when it smashed into several Caribbean islands last week, was reduced to remnants with top sustained winds of 15 miles per hour (24 kph) early Tuesday.

Irma reshaped beaches and forced evacuations; it ruined houses and flooded cities.

The storm is also being blamed for the death of a man in his 50s who died when a tree fell on his house just north of Atlanta and for the death of a 62-year-old man in rural southwest Georgia who had a heart attack after he climbed onto a shed yesterday in a county where sustained winds exceeded 40 miles per hour.

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