Millions without power as Irma weakens to a tropical storm

Hurricane-force winds and flooding are still possible with this storm.
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Damage from Hurricane Irma in Sarasota County, Florida. 

Damage from Hurricane Irma in Sarasota County, Florida. 

Irma is losing strength as it moves northwest through Florida, but not without flooding streets and leaving millions of people without power. 

Irma, which started out as one of the strongest hurricanes ever, weakened to a tropical storm as it made its way northwest into the Florida Panhandle Monday morning. 

The storm is expected to reach eastern Alabama by Monday night into Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center says.

Although Irma is losing steam, it's still a dangerous storm with the potential for hurricane-force winds, heavy rainfall and flash flooding, officials warn. 

Crews are assessing damage in southern Florida

Irma downed trees, caused three construction cranes to collapse, flooded streets, and left 6.2 million customers in Florida without power as of Monday morning.

In areas that aren't flooded, crews will be out Monday morning clearing debris and doing storm assessments, according to tweets. Officials are asking evacuated residents not return to their homes until given the OK because conditions are still dangerous. 

The New York Times says at least four people have been killed by the storm in Florida, while 27 people died when Irma made its way through the Caribbean.

Photos from Irma

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