A weakened Irma took its parting shot at Florida on Monday, triggering severe flooding in the state’s northeastern corner, while authorities along the storm’s 400-mile path struggled to rush aid to victims and take the full measure of the damage.
The monster hurricane that hit the Florida Keys on Sunday as a Category 4 was downgraded to a tropical storm as it finally pushed its way out of the state and into Georgia, where it caused more misery.
Irma flooded streets, spawned tornadoes, knocked out power to millions of people across the state and snapped massive construction cranes over the Miami skyline.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that Irma would continue moving over Georgia Monday night before reaching Alabama Tuesday morning.
Several people have lost their lives across southern Florida in vehicle accidents which may well be blamed on the storm once police have a chance to investigate. Authorities in Georgia said Monday that at least two people had died due to Irma. The storm left dozens more dead as it tore.
Nearly 7 million people in the Southeast were warned to evacuate, including 6.4 million in Florida alone.
Follow along below for live updates on the storm. All times are Eastern unless otherwise noted.
6:03 p.m.: Satellite photos show Caribbean islands turned brown by Irma
NASA’s Operational Land Imager captured pictures from space of some of the islands in the Caribbean hit hardest by Irma. The photos show the Virgin Islands turned brown by Irma’s winds and rains:
What caused the islands to change color? NASA notes that “lush green tropical vegetation can be ripped away by a storm’s strong winds, leaving the satellite with a view of more bare ground.” The agency also raises the possibility that salt spray whipped up by the hurricane can coat and desiccate leaves while they are still on the trees.”
5:47 p.m.: Trump approves emergency declaration for Alabama
President Trump declared an emergency in Alabama Monday evening as Irma moves across Georgia and makes its way to the northwest.
Mr. Trump’s declaration frees up…