Update, 11 p.m.: After days, and hundreds of miles, of rain and wind, Irma has been downgraded to a tropical depression.
But with slowed sustained wind speeds of 35 mph, that doesn’t mean the southern region of the United States is completely out of the woods: Forecasters said they still expect Irma to bring rain to the region. Most areas will get anywhere from 2 inches to 5 inches of rain, with isolated regions getting as much as 8 inches.
As of 10:45 p.m., Irma hovered about 95 miles south-southwest of Atlanta.
Update 5 p.m.: Tropical Storm Irma continues to weaken as it moves through southwest Georgia. At 5 p.m., Irma was centered about 150 miles southwest of Atlanta, had top winds of 50 mph and was moving north-northwest at about 17 mph.
Forecasters still expect the storm to weaken to a depression within 24 hours. Because the storm’s so big, it’s still likely to drop 3 to 6 inches of rain across South Carolina, north central Georgia and Alabama, with some spots to get 10 inches.
Storm surge warnings remain up for portions of northern Florida on the Atlantic coast and down to Clearwater Beach on the Gulf side.
Update 11 a.m.: Tropical Storm Irma is weakening as it moves north-northwest over northern Florida. At 11 a.m., the National Hurricane Center reported the storm was 70 miles east of Tallahassee and 85 miles north of Cedar Key – far enough away for the tropical storm warning at Lake Okeechobee to end.
Because Irma’s so big, it will weaken gradually but forecasters think it will be reduced to a depression in about 24 hours and completely fall apart in 72 hours.
Update 8 a.m.: Irma has been downgraded to a tropical storm with 70 mph sustained winds.
After hanging on as a hurricane for at least 11 days, Irma’s reign ended this morning about 30 miles north-northeast of Cedar Key.
Tropical Storm Irma is moving north-northwest at 18 mph. Despite the weakening, forcasters said some wind gusts are near hurricane force.
Irma is expected to weaken to a tropical depression by Tuesday afternoon.
Update 6 a.m.: Hurricane Irma has weakened to a Category 1 hurricane with 75 mph winds as it moves swiftly north-northwest at 18 mph.
The storm, which is about 35 miles east-southeast of Cedar Key, or 60 miles north of Tampa, is forecast to move near the northwestern coast of Florida this morning before crossing the Panhandle and reaching southern Georgia this afternoon.
Irma is expected to weaken to a tropical storm this morning and into a depression by Tuesday afternoon.
Until then, Irma remains a large storm with hurricane force-winds extending 60 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extending 415 miles.
At 6 a.m., winds were still gusting to 26 mph at Palm Beach International Airport with sustained winds reaching 17 mph.