Irma knocks out power to about 5.8 million: authorities

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Mayor Lenny Curry said 356 residents had to be rescued from rising flood waters and storm damage that came with Hurricane Irma.

Drone footage shows houses partially submerged in murky water, uprooted trees, widespread flooding, as well as roofing debris lying scattered next to homes that have been torn off in Irma's strong winds. It has weakened into a post-tropical cyclone and was expected to further fizzle out throughout the day, bringing "generally moderate rain" to a wide area of the Southeast and Tennessee and OH valleys, according to the National Weather Service.

Irma's top sustained winds are 35 miles per hour (55 kph), and it is moving northwest at 15 miles per hour (24 kph).

Tuesday afternoon should see highs near 65 and a 70 percent chance of rain.

US President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and their cabinet were briefed on Hurricanes Irma and Jose, with Trump warning on Twitter that "this is a storm of enormous destructive power".

Cuban officials say at least 10 people were killed by the storm there.

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Irma knocks out power to about 5.8 million: authorities

TS Irma will exit Florida this afternoon, but not before bringing another day of bands of heavy rain, the risk of tornadoes, potentially damaging winds, and risky storm surge.

After lashing the Florida Keys with Category 4 winds Sunday morning, and reaching Florida's mainland at Marco Island, south of Naples, as a Category 3 hours later, Irma's eye crossed Lakeland at Category 2 just after midnight, with weaker winds in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

Hurricane Jose, the storm that followed Hurricane Irma across the ocean, has chose to hang around longer as a potential threat to the East Coast.

Next, Irma is to push into the Gulf states of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and north to Tennessee.

Andrew was the most destructive hurricane to ever hit the state. Florida Gov. Rick Scott flew over the hard-hit but isolated Keys on Monday and said he saw "devastation" that included boats washed ashore and mobile homes pummeled by the storm. Two cranes have collapsed in high winds in the city.

It is still too early to determine Jose's exact path - Irma's path wasn't completely known until she made landfall in Florida.

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