RIGHT NOW: Irma weakens to tropical depression, warnings discontinued

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Irma has now been downgraded to a tropical depression with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.

An 11 o’clock update from the National Hurricane Center says Irma is lingering about 5 miles south of Columbus, Georgia and is moving northwest at 15 mph.

All storm surge warnings and tropical storm warnings have been discontinued.

Heavy rainfall is still falling across the southeastern United States.


Earlier updates:

“Irma continues to weaken as it pushes farther north into Georgia,” said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Leigh Spann. “While it will be quite gusty through the day today, we are expecting just quick showers off and on through the afternoon.”

It continues to rain throughout the Tampa Bay area with some areas seeing high winds.

“A Tropical Storm Warning continues for Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco counties for 39 mph wind gusts,” said Leigh.  “Most of the Tampa Bay area is now under a Storm Surge Warning along with South Santee River southward to the Flagler/Volusia County line and North of Bonita Beach to the Ochlockonee River.  A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Anclote River to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line.”

The continued rain and high winds could still cause problems. “More trees could still come down,” said Storm Team Meteorologist Leigh Spann.

On Sunday, Hurricane Irma was downgraded to a Category 2 storm.

Hurricane Irma made landfall on Marco Island at 3:35 p.m. Sunday as a Category 3 storm.

The center of Hurricane Irma made landfall as a Category 4 storm at Cudjoe Key in the lower Florida Keys at 9:10 a.m. Sunday morning and is now headed for the southwest Florida coast.

Hurricane Irma is wider than the state of Florida and so far, has spent a lot of time on land.

“For 12 hours the eye was over land before being downgraded to a Category 1,” said Leigh.

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