Tropical Storm Irma weakens but heavy rains continue

Sept. 11 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Irma is weakening as it moves across southwestern Georgia but heavy rains will continue across the southeast United States, the National Hurricane Center said.

In its 8 p.m. advisory, the NHC said the eye of the storm was located 55 miles southeast of Columbus, Ga., and 120 miles south of Atlanta. Irma continues to move north-northwest at 16 mph with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.

The NHC said Irma was likely to become a tropical depression Tuesday.

The NHC discontinued several watches and warnings for southern parts of the state of Florida, including from north of Clearwater Beach to the Aucilla River.

But the NHC issued a storm surge warning for north of Fernandina Beach to the South Santee River.

The agency also issued a tropical storm warning for north of Altamaha Sound to the South Santee River.

“On the forecast track, the center of Irma will continue to move over southwestern Georgia tonight and move into Alabama on Tuesday,” the NHC said.

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