6 million without power after Irma lashes Florida, heads north

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UPDATE:

Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday morning after a terrifying weekend where the devastating superstorm battered much of Florida with triple-digit winds and plunged millions of residents into darkness.

The extent of the damage after a day of triple-digit winds and raging waters was slow to emerge as morning broke and officials began assessing the damage while first responders began searching for casualties.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

The National Hurricane Center downgraded Irma to a Tropical Storm Monday morning, after a terrifying weekend saw the devastating superstorm batter much of Florida with triple-digit winds and plunged millions of its residents into darkness.

No deaths were confirmed Sunday after the storm twice made landfall, but the extent of the damage after a day of triple-digit winds and raging waters couldn’t fully be assessed until daybreak.

Florida’s largest utility reported that the storm had knocked out power to nearly three-quarters of its customers. More than 5.8 million residents across the state were waking up Monday to no electricity.

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