Irma exits, time to track Hurricane Jose

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Millions of people from coast to coast in Florida are waking up without power Monday as Irma rumbles north, spurring slashing gusts of wind, pounding rain and perilous storm surge.

"Currently, more than 3 million customers are without power across Florida, according to utility companies".

Irma hit Florida on Sunday morning as a risky Category 4 storm, the second highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

Opting to stay put with her four dogs rather than join evacuations, Ms Connelly said the experience was "very scary".

Standing water along USA 41 from Colonial to the Caloosahatchee in Fort Myers was reported after Hurricane Irma passed through the area Sunday.

"We've been in the off-season and now we're starting to get into the busy part of the season". It's set to cross the eastern Florida Panhandle into southern Georgia on Monday afternoon and continue through southwestern Georgia and eastern Alabama later Monday night and into Tuesday.

Despite the fact that Irma has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, still millions of affected people have been robbed of power supply.

"It is not forecast to come to South Florida", said National Weather Service meteorologist Larry Kelly.

- Irma continues to weaken as it moves over northern Florida, the National Hurricane Center said.

As of Monday morning, almost 60 percent of the entire state - close to 6 million customers - had lost electricity.

As is so often the case with these storms, Irma could have been worse: A last-second 50-mile jog inland likely prevented higher storm surge across cities on Florida's western coast, including Tampa.

With Harvey hitting Houston in late August, 2017 is the first year that the United States was hit by two category 4 Atlantic hurricanes.

Governor Nathan Deal sent a clear message to evacuees in Georgia who may be preparing to head back to their respective homes following Irma's impact along the southeast.

With Hurricane Jose behind Irma, for the first time in recorded history, there were two hurricanes with 150 miles per hour wind speeds in the Atlantic at the same time.

Irma is said to be one of the strongest hurricanes recorded in the Atlantic basin, and is now moving through Georgia as a tropical storm.

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