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Two officers dead in Florida crash during Hurricane Irma

13 September 2017

More than 1.3 million of its customers were already without power, said Florida Power & Light (FPL), the state's biggest utility.

As Irma zeros in on Atlanta, the city faces its first-ever tropical storm warning.

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

The state's largest city, Miami, was spared the brunt of the storm but was still battered.

At least 24 people were killed by Irma in the Caribbean, Reuters reported Sunday.

On Saturday evening, Florida Gov. Rick Scott told residents, "If you have been ordered to evacuate, you need to leave now", according to the New York Times.

Jonathan Brubaker, 51, waited out the storm bunkered in a recently constructed house in Bradenton, on the state's west coast south of Tampa, with hurricane shutters drawn, flashlights and candles ready.

Irma was churning toward the heavily populated Tampa Bay region, a zone seen as particularly susceptible to storm surges due to its geographical position and sloping land off the coast.

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As Irma moves inland, more than 45 million people will face tropical storm conditions.

The storm is still expected to travel through the state Georgia, into Alabama, and then into the Mid-South, based on the latest projections.

So far, Hurricane Irma has left 26 dead since it first made landfall on September 6 in the Caribbean islands.

How did it arrive in Florida?

The massive storm triggered evacuation orders for 5.6 million people before it made two landfalls in the state Sunday.

Heavy rains are predicted for northern Florida and southern Georgia, which could see an additional seven to 15cm with total amounts reaching between 20 to 38cm.

First Warn Storm Meteorologist John Wendel said two to four inches of localized flooding is possible between Monday 3 Tuesday 9 a.m. Wind gust can reach up to 41 miles per hour Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Authorities say a Florida man appears to have been electrocuted by a downed power line following Irma.

Two officers dead in Florida crash during Hurricane Irma