The National Hurricane Center downgraded Irma to a Tropical Depression late Monday night, but even in its weakened state, the storm continues to cause deadly storm surges and volatile winds as it travels through Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina, flooding downtown Charleston, South Carolina and uprooting trees in Atlanta, according to CNN.
Meanwhile, authorities have confirmed 11 deaths from the storm.
According to Accuweather, even as the storm travels well inland from the coast, Irma will put many lives at risk in northern Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina, where residents should anticipate severe flooding. Already, the storm has killed three people in Georgia and one in South Carolina, where a 57-year-old South Carolina man was fatally injured by a falling tree limb during the storm, Abbeville County Coroner Ronnie Ashley told CNN. The man was cutting downed limbs with a chainsaw outside of his home when he was struck.
Irma’s storm surge overwhelmed the Battery in the downtown Charleston where the Ashley and Cooper rivers meet. Charleston police asked residents to avoid downtown in anticipation of high tide. One resident captured the surge in this chilling video. Waters in Charleston Harbor peaked at nearly 10 feet, the city’s third-highest reading ever, topping Hurricane Matthew in 2016, according to CNN.
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