Storm packs a punch in Florida, Ge­or­gia

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Hur­ri­cane Irma was down­graded to a trop­i­cal storm early Mon­day af­ter it bar­reled into Florida on Sun­day, crash­ing through the Florida Keys be­fore mak­ing a sec­ond land­fall near Naples on the Gulf Coast and set­ting a course for Ge­or­gia. It flooded streets, snapped con­struc­tion cranes and left 58% of Florida elec­tric­ity cus­tomers with­out power — about 5.8 mil­lion ac­counts — ac­cord­ing to Florida’s State Emer­gency Re­sponse Team. At least five deaths in Florida were at­trib­uted to Irma, ac­cord­ing to ABC News. The storm also killed at least 20 peo­ple in the Caribbean since roar­ing out of the At­lantic Ocean.

ROD­NEY WHITE, USA TODAY NET­WORK

April McCaus­land looks over the dam­age to her home at Naples Es­tates trailer park in East Naples on Mon­day.

JACK GRU­BER, USA TODAY

En­ergy work­ers from Michi­gan be­gin work to help re­store power in Mi­ami, where po­lice were es­cort­ing re­pair con­voys.

JOSH MOR­GAN, USA TODAY NET­WORK

The Sa­van­nah River spills onto down­town River Street. Hun­dreds of thou­sands of homes in Ge­or­gia were with­out power.

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