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Thousands without power in coastal Georgia from severe storm

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"And then, I think we're OK, knock on wood".

The first was over the Florida Keys, and the second, over Marco Island, left the island without water and power, authorities said.

The National Hurricane Centre said hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the centre, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 415 miles (665 km).

In Florida, television news crews recorded looters and they were promptly arrested, those sheltered in a hotel were serenaded by actress Kirsten Bell, and even manatees stranded on mudflats are getting rescued by hardy volunteers.

The transport operator said it will have rail service running in 20-minute intervals.

President Trump described the storm as "some big monster". Closures include the University of Georgia, Emory University and Georgia Southern. They said it could take weeks to fully restore service.

"Once this system passes through, it's going to be a race to save lives and sustain lives", Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long said on "Fox News Sunday". The Key West International Airport measured sustained winds of 50 mph with a gust of up to 70 mph, according to the hurricane center. "It is a projection of the CENTER of #HurricaneIrma not of storm impact".

Heavy rain and strong winds caused flooding along the coast, downed power lines and sent trees crashing onto homes.

Amy Brown, a mother of two stranded in a resort on St Martin, told the programme: "Every single government has responded but there's been absolutely nothing at all from our government".

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Some seeking re-entry argued with police who stopped them at the first of a series of bridges leading to the island chain.

"It's horrible, what we saw", Scott said.

The storm's westward tilt to Florida's Gulf Coast spared the densely populated Miami area the brunt of its wrath, although the wide reach of the hurricane meant the state's biggest city was still battered.

More than 1.2 million Georgia Power and Electric Membership Corp. customers were without power today morning. Worth County sheriff's spokeswoman Kannetha Clem said the man use a ladder to climb onto a shed Monday morning as sustained winds in the county exceeded 40 mph (65 kph). Currently, Mount Holly's operational models suggest occasional showers and storms may occur in the Lehigh Valley Thursday in advance of the main low. Scott told the CBS programme that Irma's storm surge could be even more deadly than its 130mph (209kmh) winds. The official forecast goes out 5 days, and there is considerable uncertainty beyond Day 5.

"We are good so far", she said in a text message just before 5:30 a.m. "It's blowing hard". "Search and rescue teams are ready to deploy".

Irma's windspeeds have slowed to around 75 miles per hour, the NHC estimated in its latest update, although it cautioned that hurricane gusts and storm surges could still cause life-threatening conditions along its path up the western Florida coast.

The National Hurricane Center predicts the storm will cross Monday into southwest Georgia, where a hurricane warning was in effect for a large rural area including the cities of Albany and Valdosta.

The hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday after battering Florida with 100mph winds and torrential rain overnight.

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