Irma expected to weaken to tropical depression by Tuesday afternoon

Irma expected to weaken to tropical depression by Tuesday afternoon

Irma is moving north-northwest at nearly 18 mph - a motion that's expected to continue through Tuesday.

The storm made its first U.S. landfall at 9:10 a.m. ET at Cudjoe Key, Fla., with winds sustained near 130 mph.

Major streets remained underwater in cities from Miami to Jacksonville, with even more roads snarled by debris. In the Bahamas, damage worth US$250m was reported, with projections of a decrease of 20% in tourist revenue, despite the vast majority of the islands surviving the hurricane. After a survey of the islands, Governor Rick Scott told reporters that he had seen crippling damage there, including countless overturned trailers and many boats washed ashore. Luckily, advertising campaigns and repairs ultimately prevented the loss in tourist revenue. "I just don't know".

"It wasn't as catastrophic as we were told, as we feared", Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said in an interview.

By late Monday, the storm will reach northern Alabama but the impact will be felt well in advance because of the its size, Ward said. By one estimate, the cost of total damages dropped to $49 billion from $200 billion earlier. He added, however: "I think the hard part is now beginning". At least 35 people were killed in the Caribbean. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, the Highway Patrol said.

People in the heavily populated Tampa-St.

"I didn't want them walking to and from Marta stations in this weather", Moddelmog said.

"They're not going to recede today", Curry said. At Versailles restaurant, the sign was missing and the windows were covered with sheet-metal hurricane shutters.

Water flows out of the Miami River to flood a walkway in Miami on Sept. 10.

Instead, Tampa woke up to none of that, Buckhorn said. "The surge is yet to be finished". They will be joining other task forces from Florida, Wisconsin, and Tennessee before receiving their assignment from a staging area in Jacksonville. "Everywhere you looked, there was water".

These horrifying videos show the scale of devastation Hurricane Irma is wreaking on Florida, where some streets have been replaced as rivers and palm streets whip from side to side.

A destroyed home following Hurricane Irma on Vilano Beach outside St. Augustine, Florida, on Monday.

The hurricane center also said, "Since the cyclone is very large its weakening will be fairly gradual, but the effects of land and shear should reduce the system to a depression in about 24 hours".

Plus, we'll explore the implications of President Trump's debt relief deal with Democrats and what it means for Republicans, recap former senior White House adviser Steve Bannon's "60 Minutes" interview, speculate on what might happen if one Congressional faction were to go rogue on tax reform and forecast troubles on the horizon for Democrats in 2018 and 2020.

Con PR Metidos is a millennial-led organization that builds partnerships between private and public organizations to strengthen Puerto Rico's economic development. It's going to be tough for us to get in to perform search and rescue in South Florida.

A tropical storm warning was issued for the first time ever in Atlanta, and school was canceled in communities around the state. Duke Energy Inc. estimated that Irma could knock out service to more than 1 million customers; about 863,000 were without power.

That was the grateful mantra on the lips of many on Monday. In Orlando, about half the city's utility customers had no service.

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