Irma weakens to Category 1 Hurricane but still poses threat

By: | Published: September 11, 2017 12:45 PM

Hurricane Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm early today as it marched up the US state of Florida's northwestern coast, with its eye located about 40 kilometres northeast of the vulnerable Tampa area.

Hurricane Irma, Tampa Area, Category 1, Northwestern coast, US state of FloridaHurricane Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm early today as it marched up the US state of Florida’s northwestern coast, with its eye located about 40 kilometres northeast of the vulnerable Tampa area. (Image: Reuters)

Hurricane Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm early today as it marched up the US state of Florida’s northwestern coast, with its eye located about 40 kilometres northeast of the vulnerable Tampa area.  Maximum sustained winds had decreased to near 85 miles per hour as of 2:00 am local time, with Irma projected to become a tropical storm as it moved into northern Florida or southern Georgia later today.  Warnings of dangerous storm surges remained in effect through vast swaths of peninsular Florida, where more than six million people had been ordered to flee Irma in one of the biggest evacuations in US history.

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