Irma Weakens to a Tropical Storm, Batters Florida with Winds as It Knocks out Power to Millions

2017-09-11T18:58:06+00:00September 11th, 2017|Categories: HUB-Posts, National & Local News|Tags: , , |

The remnants of Hurricane Irma swept north through Florida on Monday, leaving behind a trail of debris, flooding and power outages after the storm roared up the state’s Gulf Coast and brought its drenching rainfall and battering winds on toward Georgia.

Irma weakened Monday to a tropical storm, losing some of its punch but still packing powerful winds that stretched from central Florida to North Carolina.

As the storm roared through Florida, thrashing winds tore down trees and power lines alike, and by Monday afternoon officials said the storm may have cut power to a majority of the state’s 20.6 million residents.

“More than half of the population of Florida is out of power would be my guess,” Eric Silagy, president and chief executive of Florida Power and Light, the state’s largest utility, said at a news briefing Monday.

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