How Hurricane Irma stormed Florida: Story in pictures

Powerful winds from Hurricane Irma battered Florida with forecasters warning of dangerous strom surges that lead to massive flooding across the US state.

At least 30 people have died since Irma made landfall in the Caribbean Islands also. The most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, has been downgraded to a tropical depression as it advanced through the southeastern US, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) announced.

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    Palm trees struggle against strong winds at the Santa Lucia Beach in Camaguey of Cuba Sept. 8, 2017. Hurricane Irma continued to batter Cuba's northeast coast on Friday with strong wind and waves.

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    People take part in the recovery and cleaning work after the passage of hurricane Irma in Havana Sept. 11, 2017.

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    People walk by a tree toppled by strong wind after Hurricane Irma swept through the area, in Miami, Florida, the United States, on Sept. 11, 2017. Powerful Hurricane Irma roared into Florida and knocked out power to more than 3 million homes and businesses in Florida on Sunday.

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    A man walks through a flooded street after the passage of Hurricane Irma, in Havana, Cuba, on Sept. 10, 2017.

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    People are seen at a shelter at the Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center in Miami, as hurricane "Irma" is approaching, in Miami, Florida, the United States, Sept. 9, 2017. About 5.6 million people in Florida have been ordered to evacuate, while 54,000 Floridians have taken shelter in 320 shelters across Florida. Forecasters expect the hurricane to hit Florida early Sunday morning.

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    Trees and branches are seen on a street after being torn down by strong winds as hurricane Irma arrives, in Miami, Florida, the United States, on Sept. 10, 2017. Category Four Hurricane Irma on Sunday morning made landfall in the Florida Keys with gust wind speed of 171 km/h, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

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    A tree is toppled onto a car after being knocked down by strong winds as hurricane Irma arrives, in Miami, Florida, the United States, on Sept. 10, 2017. Hurricane Irma on Sunday morning made landfall in the Florida Keys with gust wind speed of 171 km/h, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

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    Trees and branches are seen on a street after being torn down by strong winds as hurricane Irma arrives, in Miami, Florida, the United States, on Sept. 10, 2017. Category Four Hurricane Irma on Sunday morning made landfall in the Florida Keys with gust wind speed of 171 km/h, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

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    Trees and branches are seen on a street after being torn down by strong winds as hurricane Irma arrives, in Miami, Florida, the United States, on Sept. 10, 2017. Category Four Hurricane Irma on Sunday morning made landfall in the Florida Keys with gust wind speed of 171 km/h, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

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    Dark clouds are seen as hurricane Irma approaches in Miami of Florida, the United States, Sept. 8, 2017. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Friday evening that hurricane Irma has strengthened to category five.