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MON 2PM UPDATE: FIRST ALERT: Tropical Storm Irma keeps local region gusty

Irma forecast track(2 PM 09/11/2017)
Posted at 9:00 AM, Sep 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-11 10:40:39-04

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) -- After pummeling the Keys and southwestern Florida Sunday, the former Hurricane Irma steadily weakened over the Florida peninsula Monday morning and is now a tropical storm in the northern Nature Coast region.

At 8:00 Monday morning, Irma's peak winds decreased to 70 mph, and has dropped to tropical storm status. As of 2:00 Monday, sustained winds throughout the region have decreased to 20-30 mph. Irma continues moving north-northwest at 17 mph out of the local region.

Most of the rain associated with Irma has made its way north of our area. Irma is draped over Northern Georgia and Alabama, with bands stretching into South Carolina. Isolated showers are possible through the rest of today.

Hurricane-force gust risks have decreased since this morning, and the previous hurricane warnings have been adjusted to tropical storm warnings for the entire WTXL viewing region. Sustained periods of tropical-storm-force winds are expected to lessen through the afternoon.

The coastlines of Wakulla, Jefferson, and Taylor counties are in a storm surge warning, meaning an increase of water levels is anticipated.  Levels may rise up to 4 to 6 feet this afternoon into Monday night.

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