Live blog: Hurricane Irma weakens into a tropical depression Florida

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Latest: Hurricane Irma weakens into a tropical depression Florida (10:40 p.m.)

The National Hurricane Center says Irma has weakened into a tropical depression. 

The storm, located about 5 miles west of Columbus, Georgia, is still bringing heavy rain to the U.S. Southeast on Monday night.

Irma is expected to drop 2 to 5 inches of rain across South Carolina and northern portions of Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. 

Irma's top sustained winds are 35 mph, and it is moving northwest at 15 mph.

The hurricane center has discontinued all storm surge and tropical storm warnings.

Gov. Scott assures state that fuel being "aggressively" moved into Florida (9:30 p.m.)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Monday night that he was "aggressively" working to make sure fuel supplies in the state were adequate as displaced residents returned to their homes int he wake of Hurricane Irma.

“We have aggressively worked to ensure that Floridians have the fuel they need as our state prepared for and responds to Hurricane Irma," Scott said in a statement. "At my direction, the Florida Highway Patrol will continue to escort fuel resupply trucks to gas stations so fuel is quickly delivered to our communities. We will continue to work around the clock so Floridians have fuel at the pumps as our state begins to recover from this powerful storm.”

While fuel supplies are being bolstered in Florida, Scott urged residents to heed warnings from local officials and not return home until it is deemed safe.

Man killed by downed power line in Winter Park (8:30 p.m.)

Authorities say a Florida man appears to have been electrocuted by a downed power line following Irma.

Winter Park police spokesman Garvin McComie says officers responded Monday morning following reports of a man lying in the roadway.

The officers determined that 51-year-old Brian Buwalda was dead at the scene. A medical examiner will determine an official cause of death, but McComie says it appears to be an accident.

Winter Park is in Orange County, just of Orlando.

The storm has been blamed for more than 40 deaths, including six in Florida.

Third Hurricane Irma death reported in Georgia (7:30 p.m.)

Tropical Storm Irma has claimed a third life in Georgia.

 

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office says on its website that a woman died from injuries she suffered when a tree fell on a vehicle in a private driveway.

The sheriff's office says deputies and firefighters tried to rescue the woman, but she died from her injuries.

The sheriff's office said it was withholding the woman's name until her family and friends had been notified.

The storm is also being blamed for the death of a man in his 50s who died when a tree fell on his house just north of Atlanta and for the death of a 62-year-old man in rural southwest Georgia who had a heart attack after he climbed onto a shed Monday in a county where sustained winds exceeded 40 mph (65 kph). 

Florida officials urge trapped residents to call for help (6:45 p.m.)

Florida officials are urging residents who might still be stuck on the second floors of flooded homes to call for help.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said during a briefing Monday afternoon that people shouldn't be trying to ride out the flooding that has followed Irma.

"This is not a one-day event," Curry said. "This is probably a weeklong event. We're going to have to see on a day-to-day basis."

Curry says he hopes the city will move to recovery mode soon, but for now, they're still in rescue mode.

National Weather Service meteorologist Angie Enyedi says flooding appears to have reached its maximum levels, but it could take several days for waters to recede to their normal levels.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams says they're still assessing damage to the beach bridges, and they'll let residents know when it's safe to return. He urged people not to line up at the bridges, because they'd only be blocking emergency vehicles.

First death attributed to Hurricane Irma reported in South Carolina (6 p.m.)

Authorities are reporting the first death in South Carolina related to Tropical Storm Irma. 

Abbeville County Coroner Ronnie Ashley said 57-year-old Charles Saxon was cleaning limbs and debris outside his home in Calhoun Falls around 3 p.m. Monday when a limb fell on him.

Ashely said in a news release that Saxon died at the scene. An autopsy has been ordered.

The National Weather Service says winds in the area were gusting to around 40 mph (65 kph) at the time Saxon was killed. Calhoun Falls is located 60 miles (95 kilometers) south of Greenville, South Carolina. 

Standing water may be hiding downed power lines' (5 p.m.)

FPL warns residents to stay away from flooding caused by Irma because “standing water may be hiding downed power lines that could be energized and dangerous.”

Gov. Scott takes aerial tour to assess damage (4:45 p.m.)

Gov. Rick Scott joined Vice Admiral Karl Schultz and members of the U.S. Coast Guard for an aerial tour Monday on a C-130, along Florida’s West Coast and over the Florida Keys to assess damage from Hurricane Irma. 

149 rescued from homes in Orlo Vista (2:30 p.m.)

Fire Rescue and the National Guard team up to rescue 149 residents from 550 homes that were impacted by flooding in the Orlo Vista area Monday.

'Stay off the roads' in Central Fla. (11:45 a.m.) 

Tropical Storm Irma is gradually losing its strength as it sloshes through northern Florida with the National Hurricane Center discontinuing four storm surge and tropical storm warnings.

Despite Irma's diminishing strength, Central Florida residents were warned by officials to stay off the roads as they assess the damage throughout all the counties.

Read: Curfews remain in effect Monday

Orlando International Airport will remain closed until further notice.

Neighborhoods were flooded and fallen trees and branches were scattered across the streets after Irma's powerful punch. A portion of the road on I-4 west near SR-434 was washed-out, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. 

Irma's maximum sustained winds were down to 65 mph as the storm was about 70 miles east of Tallahassee late Monday morning. It's moving north northwest at 17 mph.

Forecasters expect Irma's center to move into southwestern Georgia later Monday and then into Alabama Tuesday morning and eventually western Tennessee.

Irma: Severe damage across Central Fla. (9:30 a.m.)

Even though Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday, its powerful winds and rain caused trees to fall, homes to flood, roofs to collapse, and a potential sinkhole. 

A portion of the road on I-4 west near SR-434 was washed-out, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. 

About 130 homes were flooded throughout west Orange County, and more than 50 rescues were conducted Orange County Fire Rescue said.

Walt Disney World theme parks and Disney Springs in Orlando remain closed Monday.

Previous story: Magic Kingdom scarce ahead of closure for Irma

“We are beginning an initial assessment of our property. While we experienced high winds and rain, we maintained power throughout the storm,” according to a news release. “As the hurricane has passed, we are keeping safety top of mind and working closely with public officials to determine when conditions are clear to make further operational decisions.” 

Orange County Fire Rescue was called to an apartment complex Monday morning after reports of a potential sinkhole underneath part of the building. 

In the Orlando tourist district on International Drive, many signs were blown away, and some trees were down.

Most Central Florida counties implemented a curfew until 6 p.m. Monday.  

Read: Curfews remain in effect Monday

Nearly 4.5 million without power in Florida as Irma weakens (8 a.m.)

Nearly 4.5 million homes and businesses across Florida have lost power as Hurricane Irma moves over the state.

Irma has weakened to a tropical storm as it moves over Florida toward southern Georgia. The storm's maximum sustained winds decreased Monday morning to near 70 mph.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said it's expected to weaken to a tropical depression by Tuesday afternoon.

Irma is centered about 105 miles north-northwest of Tampa, Florida, and is moving north-northwest near 18 mph.

Irma hit southern Florida on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane, bringing roof-ripping winds, gushing floodwaters and widespread power outages.

More than 50 rescues conducted in west Orange County (7 a.m.)

There were more than 50 rescues conducted from 138 homes that were impacted by flooding in west Orange County Monday morning, according to a tweet by Orange County Fire Rescue.

Crews from multiple stations responded with a strike team and the National Guard, authorities said.

Trees and power lines were down across town and floods cut off roads to a neighborhood.

As the sun rose in Orlando, many tried to go outside to survey the damage, but authorities warn that conditions remain dangerous and ask that people to abide by the curfew that lasts throughout most of the day.

No information on injuries was released.

More than 428K people without power in Orange, Seminole counties (Monday 5:30 a.m.)

Utilities officials said 293,000 Orange County residents are without power and 135,000 Seminole County residents are without power.

The Daytona Beach Fire Department said residents were evacuated from flooded apartments on Beach Street. The residents were taken to the city's Midtown Cultural and Education Center. No injuries were reported.

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said deputies rescued 14 people early Monday because of flooding on Beach Street.

Latest: More than 120,000 Orlando Utilities Commission customers without power (Monday 2 a.m.) 

As Hurricane Irma continued to move north into Central Florida, the Orlando Utilities Commission reported a growing number of customers who were without power due to the storm.

By 2 a.m., more than 120,000 customers were in the dark Monday.

The outages accounted for just over 50 percent of OUC's total customer base.

Statewide, more than 4.6 million Floridians were without power because of Hurricane Irma.

Latest: Melbourne police, fire crews assist residents in flooded areas (Monday 12:30 a.m.) 

Melbourne police and fire crews responded to multiple calls early Monday from citizens reporting flooding in their homes and neighborhoods.  

In some cases, residents were unable to evacuate on their own and need assistance from emergency crews.

Where possible, city crews were transporting residents to shelters using high-profile vehicles. 

Areas experiencing the greatest flooding were in the Main and Church streets area, west of U.S. 1, and the Ixora Park area, located south of Sarno Road, between Croton and Aurora Roads.  

The city will continue to monitor the situation and assist residents as rain is expected to continue over the next few hours.

Residents requiring assistance in evacuating their homes due to flooding should contact the non-emergency number of the Melbourne Police Department at 321-608-6731.

Crews to start house-to-house search Monday for survivors in the Florida Keys (Monday 12 a.m.) 

The county administrator in the Florida Keys says crews will begin house to house searches Monday morning, looking for people who need help and assessing damage from Hurricane Irma.

Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi says relief will arrive on a C-130 military plane Monday morning at the Key West International Airport. 

Once it's light out, they'll check on survivors. They suspect they may find fatalities.

Gastesi says they are "prepared for the worst."

Hurricane Irma made landfall Sunday morning in Cudjoe Key.

Irma blows off part of roof of Cocoa Beach Police Department (11:30 p.m.) 

Cocoa Beach Mayor Ben Malik said part of the roof of the Cocoa Beach Police Department has come off in the winds from Hurricane Irma, but that all personnel are safe.

The mayor said no personnel were in the building at the time the roof came off.

In advance of the hurricane, all police personnel had moved to the new Cocoa Beach Fire Department building nearby to work.

10 crashes in Central Florida, but FHP unable to respond  (10:58 p.m.)

The Florida Highway Patrol said there are 10 reported crashes in the Central Florida area, but troopers’ response is pending as they wait for conditions to improve.

Troopers were asked to shelter at 7 p.m. once the weather from Hurricane Irma began to deteriorate.

Hurricane Irma: Troopers respond to crashes, urge residents to stay off roads

Troopers said 30 crashes were reported Saturday, including a fatal one.

Drivers are reminded that the weather conditions are not safe and to stay off the roads. 

Hurricane Irma: Curfew information

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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