Hurricane Irma Leaves Tampa Beaches Dry As Water Engulfs Miami

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Though the tropical storm's eye is moving north-northwest, bands of high winds and heavy rain can extend outward for 415 miles. And as Irma continues to track northward, risky wind conditions will extend into Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and the Carolinas over the next few days, according to the NHC.

Drone footage shows the extent of the damage that Naples, Florida, sustained from Hurricane Irma on Sunday.

- Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina will also feel effects of the storm.

"There is a sense of relief because we were told we'd get a direct hit ... we're concerned about storm surge", Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado told the Miami Herald.

The storm cut off electricity to 2.5 million homes and businesses statewide while flooding streets and swaying skyscrapers in Miami as of Sunday night, utility officials said, Reuters reported.

Tropical Storm Irma continues to bear down on Columbus and the Valley, with sustained wind speeds of between 25 and 40 miles per hour and steady, driving rain expected to continue and likely worsen as the day continues.

Irma weakens to Category 1 Hurricane but still poses threat
The Keys could get between 10 and 20 inches of rain, and the Florida peninsula could get 8 to 15 inches. Gastesi says they are "prepared for the worst".

FPL says power restoration will be slow, but steady
Putnam County, which consists of both FPL and Clay Electric customers, continues to suffer from extensive power outages, as well. The remaining reactor was shut down Saturday when Category 1 hurricane-force winds were predicted in the area.

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The Midlands could be battered by more strong winds and torrential downpours overnight. Strong winds and stormy weather are set to batter the capital this week.

More than 1.3 million people across the state were without power Tuesday at noon. You don't have to worry about the former hurricane-now-tropical-storm hanging around the Sunshine State much longer.

The first, at about 9.10 a.m., was over the Florida Keys, an isolated string of islands. He said he doesn't know whether the water would have crested had the water not receded. But Shiveley said the water never crested over the city's barriers.

"You can't survive these storm surges", he said.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has already declared a state emergency for all 159 counties as Irma barrels toward the state. The storm made landfall in the continental U.S. on Sunday after ripping through the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm late last week. Schools in the state planned to close Monday.

The storm, which forced the biggest evacuation in Florida's history. has killed at least 28 people since it began its rampage in the Caribbean. The Florida Keys, in the wake of a Hurricane Irma, is a 115-mile stretch of paradise that has been overwhelmed with debris and destruction.

Despite the weakened hurricane, Masters suggested Irma will become among the five most costly hurricanes in the country's history - behind 2005's Hurricane Katrina, 2012's Sandy and this year's Hurricane Harvey that hit Texas and Louisiana.

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