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Tropical Storm Irma arrives in Georgia

Sept. 11 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Irma weakened further Monday afternoon as the center of the system moved across southwestern Georgia, the National Hurricane Center said.

In its 5 p.m. advisory, the NHC said the eye of the storm was located 10 miles east of Albany, Ga., and 150 miles south of Atlanta. Irma continues to move north-northwest at 17 mph with maximum sustained winds of 50 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.

A storm surge warning was in effect for North of Fernandina Beach to the South Santee River, as well as for North of Clearwater Beach to the Aucilla River.

A tropical storm warning was in effect from the North of Altamaha Sound to the South Santee River.

“On the forecast track, the center of Irma will continue to move over southwestern Georgia today, and move into eastern Alabama Tuesday morning,” the NHC said in its update.

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