September 11, 2017 / 9:29 AM / a month ago

Irma weakens to tropical storm: NHC

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

(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.

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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