Hurricane Irma weakens to a Category 1 storm but still poses threat

Vastavam web: Hurricane Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm early today as it marched up the US state of Florida’s northwestern coast, with its eye located about 40 kilometers northeast of the vulnerable Tampa area.Maximum sustained winds had decreased to near 85 miles per hour as of 2:00 am local time, with Irma projected to become a tropical storm as it moved into northern Florida or southern Georgia later today.”As little as six inches of moving water can knock you down,” tweeted the state’s governor Rick Scott following the downgrade.
“Stay inside. Stay safe,” he added.Irma was churning toward the heavily populated Tampa Bay region, a zone seen as particularly susceptible to storm surges due to its geographical position and sloping land off the coast.Irma has toppled cranes, swallowed streets and left millions without power after wreaking a trail of death and destruction through the Caribbean.