Hurricane Irma Weakens to Tropical Depression; 10 Killed in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina

Irma, which smashed into Florida Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane with 130 mph winds, weakened to a tropical depression late Monday as officials slowly pieced together the scope of the storm’s destructive path across the peninsula.

Six deaths in Florida have been blamed on Irma, along with three in Georgia and one in South Carolina. At least 35 people were killed in the Caribbean.

Hurricane Irma 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.

Evacuated residents in the Florida Keys have yet to be able to return home because of the extensive damage.

After moving inland, Irma left more than 100,000 customers in Georgia without power.

The body of a 62-year-old man who climbed a ladder behind his home was found under debris on the roof of his shed in southwest Georgia, where winds topped 40 mph, Worth County sheriff’s spokeswoman Kannetha Clem said. His wife had called 911 saying he’d had a heart attack.

“He was lodged between two beams and had a little bit of debris on top of him,” Clem said. “He was on the roof at the height of the storm.”

Another man, in his 50s, was killed just outside Atlanta when a tree fell on his house, Sandy Springs police Sgt. Sam Worsham said.

And a woman died when a tree fell on a vehicle in a private driveway, according to the website of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

To the east, heavy wind and rains inundated South Carolina’s coast Monday and heavily flooded Charleston.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Doyle Rice and Trevor Hughes