[00:00.00]Hurricane Irma has weakened to a tropical storm after causing widespread damage on Caribbean islands and the U.S. state of Florida.
[00:13.90]Irma’s winds eased to about 100 kilometers per hour Monday as the storm continued to move on a northwest path, away from Florida.
[00:29.16]The ocean storm had been the strongest kind of hurricane – a Category 5 – as it moved through the Caribbean area last week.
[00:42.44]The storm’s wind speeds were measured near 300 kilometers per hour at one time.
[00:51.23]Weather officials warn that Irma is expected to keep producing high winds and heavy rain, although it has weakened.
[01:02.78]Officials in Florida were getting their first look at storm damage in some areas Monday.
[01:11.40]Irma first hit the islands called the Florida Keys early Sunday, when the storm was at its greatest strength.
[01:21.32]Later Sunday, the storm struck Tampa and St. Petersburg, the two largest cities around Tampa Bay on Florida’s western coast.
[01:33.89]A storm surge near those cities caused high ocean waves to flood streets and homes.
[01:41.70]Severe flooding was reported in many other cities and towns along Florida’s Gulf of Mexico coastline.
[01:51.02]Flooding also was reported in Jacksonville on Florida’s eastern Atlantic coast.
[01:58.76]The storm damaged power lines and some building cranes.
[02:03.87]About 6.5 million homes and businesses remained without power across Florida,
[02:12.97]and officials said it could be weeks before power is restored in all places.
[02:19.90]An estimated 220,000 people were staying in shelters.
[02:27.59]Florida Governor Rick Scott said on Twitter he was joining members of the U.S. Coast Guard to view damage from Irma in the Florida Keys.
[02:39.77]No deaths in Florida were immediately linked to the storm.
[02:45.37]Before hitting Florida, Irma left at least 34 people dead in several island nations.
[02:53.02]Ten of those deaths were in Cuba, where severe flooding was reported in several neighborhoods in central Havana.
[03:03.37]State media reported about 1 million people were evacuated from high-risk flood areas.
[03:12.25]In the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, Prime Minister Gaston Browne said 95 percent of buildings were either destroyed or severely damaged.
[03:26.53]The small French island of St. Barthelemy and the French-Dutch island divided between St. Martin and St. Maarten also were badly damaged.
[03:41.77]The U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the Turks and Caicos also suffered damage.
[03:53.89]Officials in the Caribbean area are working to help residents reporting shortages of food, water and medicine.
[04:03.82]In the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, more than one million people were left without power after the storm.
[04:12.95]The U.S. military deployed Navy ships and aircraft and hundreds of Marines to help with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
[04:26.38]I’m Bryan Lynn.