8:45 a.m. update
Irma weakened from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm Monday morning as it left Central Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
The storm is producing maximum sustained winds of 70 mph as it moves north-northwest at 18 mph, the NHC said.
After almost 12 days as one of the most powerful hurricanes we've seen, Irma is now a tropical storm. pic.twitter.com/FCJCitK3BJ— Brian Shields (@BShieldsWFTV) September 11, 2017
Although the storm has weakened, it continues to produce wind gusts close to hurricane force.
Forecasters said Irma is centered about 30 miles north-northeast of Cedar Key and 105 miles north-northwest of Tampa.
Winds are howling this morning! Stay indoors - lots of branches coming down still. (8 AM Monday)... pic.twitter.com/u6VBabv4UV— Brian Shields (@BShieldsWFTV) September 11, 2017
5 a.m. Update:
Hurricane Irma continues to move through Central Florida as a Category 1 storm, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said early Monday.
Irma is producing maximum sustained winds of 75 mph as it moves north-northwest at 18 mph, the NHC said.
The storm is forecast to continue to weaken as its center moves along the northwestern coast of the state's peninsula.
Irma's eye is about 35 miles east-southeast of Cedar Key and 60 miles north of Tampa.
Officials said a combined 428,000 customers are without power in Orange and Seminole counties.
4 a.m. Update:
Hurricane Irma was downgraded to a Category 1 storm as its center moved through Central Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said early Monday.
Irma, which has maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, is weakening as it moves north-northwest at 15 mph, the NHC said.
330am | Gusty winds continue from Irma across E Central FL; here's what you need to know for the next couple hours. pic.twitter.com/NohLKrZDMt— NWS Melbourne (@NWSMelbourne) September 11, 2017
Its eye is about 20 miles northwest of Lakeland and 25 miles northeast of Tampa.
Forecasters said the storm is expected to continue to weaken as it moves over the western portion of Florida's peninsula and over the southeastern United States.
Officials said widespread power outages have been reported throughout Central Florida.
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