Irma downgraded to post-tropical cyclone in southeast U.S.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 7:27 AM - While Irma has been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, it will continue to bring moderate rainfall to parts of the southeastern U.S.
As of 6 a.m. Tuesday, Irma has lost some of its tropical characteristics, producing 40 km/h winds as it continues its track towards the Tennessee Valley.
The destructive storm made landfall twice in Florida on Sunday, producing 215 km/h winds, torrential rain, and life-threatening storm surge. In anticipation of the event, over six million people were evacuated from their homes.
Watch below: Weather Network Storm Hunter Mark Robinson almost blown off of a bridge during Hurricane Irma
• Downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone as of 6 a.m. Tuesday morning
• Located 110 km southwest of Atlanta, Georgia
• 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)
"Irma has been moving northwestward through the southeast U.S., and will continue this motion and approach the Tennessee Valley by Tuesday afternoon," says the National Hurricane Center (NHC). "Irma is expected to weaken throughout the day on Tuesday."
The Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM) estimates that 6.5 million people have been forced to evacuate their homes, with more than 585 shelters open throughout the state.
Watch below: Streets of Miami's Financial District flood amid storm surge, watch it from a downtown high-rise
Check back for updates as the situation evolves.