- By Cox Media Group National Content Desk
Search and rescue operations continue in Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
Authorities worked to restore communication with the island residents and began work Monday on reopening the single highway that connects the islands to the mainland.
Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday evening. By Tuesday, it was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone. At least 17 people have died in the contiguous U.S.
Power is beginning to be restored in Florida and Georgia.
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