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Tropical Storm Irma to track north and bring impacts to Mid-Missouri

Tropical Storm Irma to track north and bring impacts to Mid-Missouri

Recovery operations are ramping up around Florida and beyond, even as the weakened vestiges of Irma dump rains across the South in such states as Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday the center of Post-Tropical Storm Irma was located about 50 miles north-northwest of Birmingham and was moving to the north-northwest at 26 mph, according to NOAA's Weather Prediction Center.

If you aren't caught up, here's what happened on Sunday: When Irma was still a healthy Category 3 and 4-force hurricane in South Florida, its outer winds blew from the northeast into Tampa Bay, pushing the water out to the Gulf of Mexico.

Florida's largest utility reported that the storm had knocked out power to almost three-quarters of its customers. That toll included 10 killed in Cuba and state media said most of those died in Havana, where seawater surged deep into residential neighbourhoods.

The storm was still hurling 70 miles per hour winds Monday morning and pummeling cities in northeast Florida that had not expected to feel its full wrath. The storm gradually lost strength, weakening to a Category 1 hurricane by Monday morning.

Other big power utilities in Florida are units of Emera Inc and Southern Co, which also operates the biggest electric companies in Georgia and Alabama. The utility's two nuclear plants, however, were reported safe.

The city's mayor said things could get worse because floodwaters were expected to rise and fall gradually over the next several days, CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan reports.

Hurricane Irma has battered the Florida Keys, destroying roadways and isolating residents who didn't evacuate the string of islands, prompting one county's emergency management director to call the situation a possible "humanitarian crisis".

Jacksonville, Florida, is about 400 miles from where Irma first made landfall, in the northeastern corner of the state.

Miami's streets turned into rushing rivers, as storm surge alerts were in place throughout much of the state. In the Atlanta metropolitan area, about 13.2 percent of stations were out of the fuel, according to information service Gas Buddy.