Authorities report 1st death in Georgia from Irma

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The name is Jose and it's a category 2 storm, with winds of 100 miles per hour.

The storm "seriously" damaged the center of the island with winds up to 256 kilometers (159 miles) per hour, according to Cuban state media. John Ward, the emergency operations manager of Clay County, says crews have pulled 46 people from flooded homes by early Monday and an undetermined number are still stranded as the area's creeks and ponds are getting record flooding.

Hurricane Irma's had made landfall in lower Florida Keys on Sunday, lashing the island chain with fearsome wind gusts and storm.

Several storm surge warnings are still in effect, the most urgent extending from South Santee River to Fernandina Beach (4 to 6 feet) and Clearwater Beach to Ochlockonee River (4 to 6 feet).

As the storm weakens as it heads toward Georgia, outages have levelled off or even declined at other Florida utilities, while increasing in Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.

While some coastal communities breathed a sigh of relief, people in Jacksonville faced flash flooding on Monday. The storm damaged power lines and some building cranes. More than 200,000 people sought refuge in about 700 shelters, according to state data.

As Hurricane Irma tore through Florida over the weekend, it isolated the many, many who stayed behind to fearless out the storm.

He said teams were assessing the storm's impact on bridges, which link the keys and may not be safe to cross.

The small French island of St. Barthelemy and the French-Dutch island divided between St. Martin and St. Maarten also were badly damaged.

Hurricane Jose formed less than a week after Hurricane Irma, and he's possibly headed toward the U.S.

Officials in the Caribbean area are working to help residents reporting shortages of food, water and medicine.

The damage to the state's electrical infrastructure was just one form of devastation left in Irma's wake, as the United States faces its second hurricane catastrophe in as many weeks.

"I've had phone calls all day long about nursing homes and assisted living that don't have their power", Gov. Rick Scott said at a press conference Monday. Mario Ritter was the editor.

We will update this post as more information becomes available.

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