Florida: Hurricane Irma pounded heavily populated areas of central Florida on Monday and left a trail of destruction as it carved through the state with high winds ripped roofs off homes and flooded city streets. The torrential rains caused due to the hurricane left millions without power.
Irma wa ranked a Category 5, the rare top end of the scale of hurricane intensity, for days, and carried maximum sustained winds of up to 185 mph (295 kph) when it crashed into the island of Barbuda on Wednesday.
The storm gradually lost strength, weakening to a Category 1 hurricane overnight, the National Hurricane Center said. By 5 AM ET (0900 GMT), Irma was churning northwest in the center of the state and was about 60 miles (100 km) north of Tampa, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km per hour.)
The storm killed at least 28 people as it raged westward through the Caribbean en route to Florida.