Irma: Live updates

ATLANTA — Search and rescue operations continue in Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

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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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