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A fallen tree crashes atop a row of cars on September 10, 2017 Miami, Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Hurricane Irma's eyewall slammed into the lower Florida Keys, lashing the island chain with fearsome wind gusts, the US National Hurricane Center said. / AFP / Michele Eve SANDBERG
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Locals enjoy sunset after the passage of Hurricane Irma, in Cojimar neighborhood in Havana, on September 10, 2017. Residents of Cuba's historic capital Havana were waist-deep in floodwaters after Hurricane Irma, on its way to Florida, swept by, cutting off power and forcing the evacuation of more than a million people. / AFP / YAMIL LAGE
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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: Broken tree branches block roads in the Coral Beach neighborhood as Hurricane Irma hits the southern part of the state September 10, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The powerful hurricane made landfall in the United States in the Florida Keys at 9:10 a.m. after raking across the north coast of Cuba. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: A flooded street is seen in the Brickell area of downtown as Hurricane Irma passes through on September 10, 2017 in Miami, Florida. Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm on Sunday, lashing the state with 130 mph winds as it moves up the coast. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: High winds split a large tree in the Coral Beach neighborhood as Hurricane Irma hits the southern part of the state September 10, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The powerful hurricane made landfall in the United States in the Florida Keys at 9:10 a.m. after raking across the north coast of Cuba. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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POMPANO BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: Downed trees and a windblown trampoline block a street as Hurricane Irma hits the southern part of the state September 10, 2017 in Pompano Beach, Florida. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall in the United States in the Florida Keys at 9:10 a.m. after raking across the north coast of Cuba. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: Trees bend in the tropical storm wind along North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard as Hurricane Irma hits the southern part of the state September 10, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The powerful hurricane made landfall in the United States in the Florida Keys at 9:10 a.m. after raking across the north coast of Cuba. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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POMPANO BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: A tree felled by tropical storm winds blocks a street as Hurricane Irma hits the southern part of the state September 10, 2017 in Pompano Beach, Florida. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall in the United States in the Florida Keys at 9:10 a.m. after raking across the north coast of Cuba. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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POMPANO BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: A tree branch felled by tropical storm winds narrowly misses parked cars as Hurricane Irma hits the southern part of the state September 10, 2017 in Pompano Beach, Florida. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall in the United States in the Florida Keys at 9:10 a.m. after raking across the north coast of Cuba. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: East Oakland Park Boulevard is completely blocked by a downed street light pole as Hurricane Irma hits the southern part of the state September 10, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The powerful hurricane made landfall in the United States in the Florida Keys at 9:10 a.m. after raking across the north coast of Cuba. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: The flooded Brickell Avenue is seen as Hurricane Irma passes through on September 10, 2017 in Miami, Florida. Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm on Sunday, lashing the state with 130 mph winds as it moves up the coast. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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POMPANO BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: A twisted street sign turns in the wind along East Atlantic Boulevard as Hurricane Irma hits the southern part of the state September 10, 2017 in Pompano Beach, Florida. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall in the United States in the Florida Keys at 9:10 a.m. after raking across the north coast of Cuba. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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TOPSHOT - A wrecked car remains on the road of Baie Nettle area of Marigot, on September 10, 2017 on Saint-Martin island, devastated by Hurricane Irma. People on the islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barts turn to the colossal task of rebuilding after Hurricane Irma laid waste to their infrastructure and shattered their lives. / AFP / Martin BUREAU
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MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: Boats ride out Hurricane Irma in a marina on September 10, 2017 in Miami, Florida. Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm on Sunday, lashing the state with 130 mph winds as it moves up the coast. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: Boats ride out Hurricane Irma in a marina on September 10, 2017 in Miami, Florida. Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm on Sunday, lashing the state with 130 mph winds as it moves up the coast. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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POMPANO BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: A tree felled by tropical storm winds blocks a street as Hurricane Irma hits the southern part of the state September 10, 2017 in Pompano Beach, Florida. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall in the United States in the Florida Keys at 9:10 a.m. after raking across the north coast of Cuba. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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TOPSHOT - Cubans wade through a flooded street in Havana, on September 10, 2017. Deadly Hurricane Irma battered central Cuba on Saturday, knocking down power lines, uprooting trees and ripping the roofs off homes as it headed towards Florida. Authorities said they had evacuated more than a million people as a precaution, including about 4,000 in the capital. / AFP / YAMIL LAGE
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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: A street sign for Commercial Boulevard toppled by tropical storm-strength winds lays next to a fallen palm tree as Hurricane Irma hits the southern part of the state September 10, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall in the United States in the Florida Keys at 9:10 a.m. after raking across the north coast of Cuba. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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POMPANO BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: Blown sand from Pompano Beach coats bushes and mail boxes as Hurricane Irma hits the southern part of the state September 10, 2017 in Pompano Beach, Florida. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall in the United States in the Florida Keys at 9:10 a.m. after raking across the north coast of Cuba. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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View of damages after the passage of Hurricane Irma, in Cojimar neighborhood in Havana, on September 10, 2017. Residents of Cuba's historic capital Havana were waist-deep in floodwaters after Hurricane Irma, on its way to Florida, swept by, cutting off power and forcing the evacuation of more than a million people. / AFP / YAMIL LAGE
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POMPANO BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: Blown sand from Pompano Beach coats bushes and mail boxes as Hurricane Irma hits the southern part of the state September 10, 2017 in Pompano Beach, Florida. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall in the United States in the Florida Keys at 9:10 a.m. after raking across the north coast of Cuba. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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Palm trees blow in the winds of hurricane Irma in Bonita Springs, Florida, northeast of Naples, on September 10, 2017. Hurricane Irma regained strength to a Category 4 storm early as it began pummeling Florida and threatening landfall within hours. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM
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MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: A car is seen in a flooded street as Hurricane Irma passes through on September 10, 2017 in Miami, Florida. Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm on Sunday, lashing the state with 130 mph winds as it moves up the coast. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: A street sign is knocked over by high winds in the Coral Beach neighborhood as Hurricane Irma hits the southern part of the state September 10, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The powerful hurricane made landfall in the United States in the Florida Keys at 9:10 a.m. after raking across the north coast of Cuba. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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TOPSHOT - A huge wave breaks near the Morro Castle in Havana, on September 10, 2017. Deadly Hurricane Irma battered central Cuba on Saturday, knocking down power lines, uprooting trees and ripping the roofs off homes as it headed towards Florida. Authorities said they had evacuated more than a million people as a precaution, including about 4,000 in the capital. / AFP / YAMIL LAGE
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MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: A boat is tipped at an angle along the dock at the Watson Island marina as Hurricane Irma passed through the area on September 10, 2017 in Miami, Florida. Florida is taking a direct hit by the Hurricane which made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm on Sunday, lashing the state with 130 mph winds as it moves up the coast. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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MIAMI BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: A vehicle passes downed palm trees and two cyclists attempt to ride as Hurricane Irma passed through the area on September 10, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. Florida is taking a direct hit by the Hurricane which made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm on Sunday, lashing the state with 130 mph winds as it moves up the coast. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: A boat is washed on shore at the Watson Island marina as Hurricane Irma passed through the area on September 10, 2017 in Miami, Florida. Hurricane Irma, which first made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm on Sunday, has weakened to a Category 2 as it moves up the coast. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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EASTPOINT, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: The counterclockwise circulation of Hurricane Irma pulls the Apalachicola Bay away from land September 10, 2017 near Eastpoint in the Florida panhandle. Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm on Sunday, lashing the state with 130 mph winds as it moves up the coast. Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: Boats ride out Hurricane Irma in a marina on September 10, 2017 in Miami, Florida. Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm on Sunday, lashing the state with 130 mph winds as it moves up the coast. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
Updated 11 September 2017

Irma weakens but continues to batter Florida

Hurricane Irma, which has toppled cranes, swallowed streets and left millions without power, was starting to weaken on Monday while still pummeling parts of Florida on its destructive march north.
Irma was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane early Monday and forecasters expect it would become a tropical storm later in the morning, but warnings of hazardous storm surges persisted in several areas even after the worst of Irma's ferocity had passed.(AFP)