Hurricane Irma continues to batter Florida coast despite weakening overnight

Hurricane Irma continues to batter Florida coast despite weakening overnight

The storm was downgraded to a category two hurricane overnight

Monday, September 11, 2017

Despite showing signs of weakening, Hurricane Irma continues to batter the coast of Florida.

The US state has been engulfed over the weekend by the storm, which became the most powerful Atlantic hurricane on record.

Despite weakening to a category two hurricane overnight, torrential rain and 100 mile per hour winds continue to affect the coast.

Storm surges of 10 feet (3.1 metres) have overwhelmed roads and cut the Florida Keys off from the mainland United States.

A warning of further surges is in place to ensure residents are warned to the possibility of more flooding across the state as the storm moves north.

Tourists and local residents have been ordered to stay indoors until the storm has passed, with many British people left in their hotel rooms. 

The storm is believed to have killed at least 24 people across several countries and left thousands without power.