September 11, 2017 / 9:31 AM / 2 months ago

Irma weakens to tropical storm: NHC

(Reuters) - Irma, formerly a hurricane, has weakened to a tropical storm but is still producing some wind gusts that are near hurricane force, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday.

A boat at anchor in the Intercostal Waterway is pictured as Hurricane Irma' arrives in Hollywood, Florida, U.S., September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Irma, once ranked as one of the most powerful hurricanes recorded in the Atlantic, is about 105 miles (170 km) north-northwest of Tampa, Florida with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 km/h), it said.

Additional weakening is forecast, and Irma is expected to weaken to a tropical depression by Tuesday afternoon, the Miami-based weather forecaster added.

Reporting by Vijaykumar Vedala in Bengaluru; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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