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PHOTOS: Irma tracks through southeastern U.S.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 7:57 AM - After making two landfalls in Florida, former Hurricane Irma is now a post-tropical cyclone as it moves towards the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys.

At 9 a.m. Sunday, Irma was a Category 4 hurricane as it touched down in Cudjoe Key, Fla. At 3:35 pm, the storm made its second landfall on the west-coast Marco Island as a Category 3 hurricane.

The storm left Florida Monday by 5 p.m. It continues to weaken as it tracks across the southeastern U.S. However, it continues to bring moderate rainfall, with flash flood watches in effect for portions of the southern Appalachians.

Watch below: The Weather Network storm hunter almost blown off of bridge during Hurricane Irma 




WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS

• Downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, with further weakening expected
• More than 40 dead from the Leeward Islands through Cuba to Florida, with the death toll certain to rise in the coming days
• Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM) estimates more than 5.6 millions customers without power in Florida and Georgia
• Details on shelters and emergency preparedness can be found on floridadisaster.org/info
• NHC confirms Irma is one of only five hurricanes ever to achieve peak wind speed of more than 295 km/h, following Allen (1980), Labor Day (1935), Gilbert (1988), and Wilma (2005)



Barbuda, part of the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, took a direct hit from the storm early Wednesday, and although only one person was reported killed there, its Prime Minister told media the island is largely uninhabitable, with more than 90 per cent of structures destroyed.



Elsewhere in the region, authorities in St. Maarten say it could take months to recover from the damage left behind by the storm's impact on the region, and BBC reports troops will be deployed to deter looting.

Below is a selection of images from Irma's long path of destruction.

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Cuba:


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St. Maarten:


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Saint Martin:



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Barbuda:






Check back for updates as the storm's impact widens

UPDATE: 'Very important' forecast changes to track of Irma


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