Hurricane Irma's Destruction
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"Hurricane Irma knocked out power to about 5.8 million homes and businesses in Florida, even as the storm's power waned as it crept up the state's west coast, according to state officials and local electric utilities. Irma hit Florida on Sunday morning as a dangerous Category 4 storm, the second-highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. The storm gradually lost strength, weakening to a Category 1 hurricane by Monday morning. At 5 a.m. ET, Irma was carrying maximum sustained winds of nearly 75 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.
Most of the power losses were in Florida, but losses in Georgia, which were at about 90,000 as of 6 a.m. ET, were expected to increase as the storm moved north."*