Hurricane Irma: What you need to know


A 55-year-old man was killed on Monday afternoon after a tree fell on his house.

The hurricane warning along the Florida coasts are now a tropical storm warning. Georgia Power says at least 1.2 million people in the state are without power. It was one of many fallen trees in the area. Myers with maximum sustained winds continuing to near 105 miles per hour. We won't have hurricane force winds in the state, but tropical storm force winds are possible for parts of the state. Officials closed major bridges.

At least five people died of storm-related injuries in Florida as the massive hurricane barreled across the Sunshine State.

In their 11 a.m. advisory, National Hurricane Center forecasters said over the last few hours, the storm swerved slightly to the north.

Irma, now downgraded to a tropical storm, ripped roofs off homes and caused flooding and power outages across the state.

In Miami, the storm brought winds approaching 100 miles per hour and severe flooding, ABC News reports.

Florida Power and Light said it had "safely shut down" one of two nuclear reactors at its Turkey Point power plant.

"My heart goes out to the people in the Keys", Florida Governor Rick Scott said Monday after flying over the islands. He said Irma proved to be powerful, but he expected more.

The federal help includes temporary housing and home repairs, low-priced loans for uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover in the counties of Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pinellas, and Sarasota.

The storm was earlier pummelling the area around the city of Fort Myers.

The storm wreaked havoc on several Caribbean islands and Florida. He also described downed power lines and other debris.

Yet Murphy warned that residents shouldn't rush back if they don't have to - the island still doesn't have water or electricity.

Some 166,000 people in Georgia, including more than 17,000 in the city of Savannah, lost power as the outer bands of the storm lashed the state.

Right now, rain bands from the storm extend not only over the entire state of Florida, but now have extended into southern Georgia and SC.

It's moving northwest at a quick 15 miles per hour.