Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Weakened Hurricane Jose could become tropical storm today

Weakened Hurricane Jose could become tropical storm today

Irma's powerful eye landed in the Keys as a Category 4 hurricane Sunday morning, swelling waterways to an estimated 10 to 15 feet in some areas, CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano reports. A few other models put the storm on a more northward track closer to a North Carolina, Virginia or Maryland landfall late next week.

Peek said while the hurricane didn't do as much damage as expected to that area, it still left city streets flooded and trees through homes."For the most part when we got to Naples, it was unbelievable it was nearly a ghost town".

- Miami streets turned into raging rivers, and the city's airport is closed because of significant water damage.

Hurricane Jose moved away from the northern Leeward Islands on Saturday, giving relief to the Caribbean archipelago battered by Hurricane Irma.

Irma is forecast to weaken into a tropical depression by Tuesday afternoon as it moves near the northwestern coast of the Florida peninsula and cross into southern Georgia this afternoon and eastern Alabama tonight and Tuesday.

But that doesn't mean Floridians should try to go back home. There was no power or running water in the town Monday and phone lines were down.

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"What we feared the most was the surge", he said this morning on MSNBC. Some 6.3 million people were instructed to evacuate in Florida alone, according to The Telegraph. "Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other unsafe conditions", it said.

And while Irma was still bringing heavy rain to parts of the region, all tropical storm warnings were canceled by Monday and the storm was expected to weaken significantly before dissipating altogether. "First thing I saw were the trees down", said Jesse Hinson, who arrived to check on his house and was amazed by his luck.

Next, Irma is to push into the Gulf states of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and north to Tennessee.

Hurricane Irma has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it moves further inland across the southeast U.S., leaving a trail of destruction in its wake that is yet to be fully assessed.

Ten people are dead in the United States and 35 have been killed in the Caribbean in the wake of the storm.

Irma registered as a major hurricane for 8.5 days, the second most in the satellite era (since 1966), trailing only Ivan in 2004.

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