Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Category 1 Storm Hits Tampa and Approaches Georgia

Peter Moodley wades through floodwater caused by a storm surge to assess the damage after Hurricane Irma struck Miami on September 10. GETTY
  • Hurricane Irma was downgraded to a Category 1 storm early Monday with wind speeds of 85 mph.
  • Nearly 6 million customers are without power because of the storm.
  • Flash floods and strong winds are a threat as the storm hits northern Florida and approaches Georgia.
  • Affected states include Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.
  • In Miami-Dade County, police arrested 28 people for looting and burglary.
  • There have been five storm-related deaths in the U.S., while the hurricane claimed 26 lives in Caribbean last week.
  • There was flooding in the Florida Keys and Miami after the storm slammed into Florida Sunday with winds of up to 120 mph.

This concludes Newsweek's morning coverage of Irma, as it was downgraded to a tropical storm and moved toward Georgia. For the latest coverage of the storm and its aftermath, visit

Update: 11:07 a.m. ET - The American Red Cross said 208,000 people sought refuge from Irma across six states, and 7,500 people remain in shelters because of Harvey, which struck Texas and Louisiana in August.

~208K people sought refuge from #irma across 6 states, PR & USVI. 7,500+ still in shelters b/c of #harvey. More on

— American Red Cross (@RedCross) September 11, 2017

Update: 10:37 a.m. ET - More than 250,000 people are without power in Georgia, and as many as 800 flights out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport have been canceled, according to local media reports.

Irma has been downgraded to a tropical storm but is expected to hit Georgia with high winds and heavy winds when it reaches the state this afternoon.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal on Sunday expanded the state of emergency to include all 159 counties in the state.

Governor Nathan Deal speaking now about #hurricaneIrma. “Virtually all of the state will be affected.”

— Matt Johnson (@MattWSB) September 10, 2017

Update: 10:06 a.m. ET - President Trump has sent his prayers to victims of Hurricane Harvey and Katrina in a 9/11 ceremony at the Pentagon.

"When Americans are in in need, Americans pull together.... And when we face hardship, we emerge, closer, stronger and more determined than ever," said Trump.

At 9/11 ceremony, Pres. Trump sends prayers to victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma: "When Americans are in need, Americans pull together."

— ABC News (@ABC) September 11, 2017

Update: 9:46 a.m. ET - A flash flood warning is in place in Jacksonville, Florida, where video footage shows streets submerged by storm surges.

Flash Flood Warning including Jacksonville FL until 12:45 PM EDT

— NWS Jacksonville (@NWSJacksonville) September 11, 2017

About 2 to 3 feet of standing water near the Jacksonville Landing, @SunTrust & @WellsFargo building. @ActionNewsJax

— Kaitlyn Chana (@KaitlynChana) September 11, 2017

THIS IS WHY FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY WAS ISSUED: Serious flooding in Downtown Jacksonville right now. (video: @ChrisHongTU)

— Meilin Tompkins (@meilintompkins) September 11, 2017

Update: 8:29 a.m. ET - The number of customers without power as a result of the storm has risen to 5.8 million, according to state officials and local electric utilities.

Most of the losses are in Florida, with losses in Georgia expected to increase as the storm moves north.

Check out this video sent by a friend from St. Petersburg, FL--those strobe flashes are power flashes from downed power lines!

— Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) September 11, 2017

Update: 8:23 a.m. ET - The economic cost of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey could be as much as $290 billion, according to a forecaster.

"We believe the damage estimate from Irma to be about $100 billion—among the costliest hurricanes of all time," said AccuWeather CEO and founder Joel Myers, as cited by the AFP news agency.

Harvey, which caused devastating flooding in Texas in late August, will be "the costliest weather disaster in U.S. history, at $190 billion, or one full percentage point of GDP," which stands at $19 trillion, said Myers.

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A truck is blown over as Hurricane Irma passed through Miami on September 10. Joe Raedle/Getty

Update: 8:16 a.m. ET - The Cuban government said that 10 people have been killed by Hurricane Irma, which hit that country late Friday and early Saturday, Reuters reported.

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People in the flooded Cuban village of Surgidero de Batabano, 37 miles south of Havana, on September 10, 2008, after Hurricane Ike. ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty

Update: 8:11 a.m. ET - Another warning has been issued about the dangers posed by electrical power lines felled by the storm. The Florida Department of Health has urged residents to beware of standing water where streetlights and power lines may have fallen.

Electricity from street lights & power poles may be present in standing water, causing deadly shock to anyone coming in contact w/ it. #Irma

— Florida Dept. Health (@HealthyFla) September 11, 2017

Update: 7:39 a.m. ET - More pictures and footage of the damage caused by the hurricane as it tore through Florida on Sunday, including the moment it ripped the roof from a Miami building.

Watch the moment Hurricane #Irma ripped the roof off a building in Miami.

— ABC News (@ABC) September 11, 2017

Another downed Palm tree. S. Fort Harrison St in Clearwater. Stay off the roads while crews clean up! @BN9 #Irma

— Cait McVey (@CaitMcVey) September 11, 2017

Live reporting from my neighborhood, flooding on 10th Ave 2600 block Gainesville, Fl

— Craig (@WCraigFugate) September 11, 2017

Update: 7:24 a.m. ET - Hurricane Irma has been downgraded to a tropical storm by the National Huricane Center (NHC), with 70-mph winds.

The storm is producing life-threatening storm surges in Florida.

"A storm surge warning is in effect for: South Santee River southward to the Flagler/Volusia County line; Cape Sable northward to the Ochlockonee River and Tampa Bay," said the NHC in a statement.

"A tropical storm warning is in effect for: Bonita Beach to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line; Jupiter Inlet to the South Santee River and Lake Okeechobee."

Tropical Storm #Irma Advisory 49A: Now available on the NHC website.

— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 11, 2017

Update: 6:39 a.m. ET - Record flooding has been recorded in Jacksonville, Florida, according to the National Weather Service. It exceeds the previous all-time record set by Hurricane Dora in 1964.

15 inches of rain have fallen in the city since the storm began, and the St. Johns River is overflowing, CBS reported.

THIS IS WHY FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY WAS ISSUED: Serious flooding in Downtown Jacksonville right now. (video: @ChrisHongTU)

— Meilin Tompkins (@meilintompkins) September 11, 2017

Update: 6:20 a.m. ET - The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office in South Carolina has issued a statement asking evacuated citizens to stop sharing sensitive information about their homes on their Facebook posts in the interest of security, reported WYFF4.

Evacuated citizens have created public-facing social media messages in which they ask friends to check on their property and include their exact address.

"Posting this information publicly provides would-be thieves, who may have remained behind for the opportunity to burglarize, with a target," the advisory stated.

Authorities ordered more than 5 million people in Florida to evacuate as the hurricane approached.

Sheriff's office to Irma evacuees: Stop sharing your address on Facebook

— WYFF News 4 (@wyffnews4) September 11, 2017

Update: 5:30 a.m. ET - British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson has called for a "disaster recovery Marshall Plan" after Hurricane Irma devastated the British Virgin Islands, including Branson's Necker Island home.

"Over the coming weeks, we'll have to assess exactly what is needed. It is clear to me creating jobs is paramount—there will be a huge amount of rebuilding to be done and people will need work to help rebuild their lives as well as their homes," he wrote in a blog post.

BVI needs a "Disaster Recovery Marshall Plan” after #Irma – short-term aid & long-term recovery & revitalisation

— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) September 11, 2017

Update: 5:28 a.m. ET - Miami-Dade police are telling people to remain indoors while officials deal with the hazards caused by the hurricane, and posted a video showing a fire caused by a power line felled by the storm.

🎥 from our live wire ⚡️call in Kendall. Dangerous conditions outside. Please remain indoors! #HurricaneIrma

— Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) September 9, 2017

Update: 5:21 a.m. ET - Hurricane Irma's wind speed has decreased to 75 mph, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. It is expected to be downgraded to a tropical storm later this morning.

.@NHC_Atlantic: Irma's "maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 75 mph"; "additional weakening is forecast"

— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 11, 2017

Update: 5:07 a.m. ET - The National Weather Service is currently warning that the storm is causing hurricane-force winds across central Florida.

Hurricane #Irma Advisory 48: Irma Producing Hurricane-Force Winds Across Portions of Central Florida.

— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 11, 2017