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Hurricane Idalia ripped through Florida before it headed to Georgia and South Carolina as a weakened, but still-powerful, tropical storm.

Idalia is expected to move offshore today, but it is likely to remain a tropical storm as it does so, the National Hurricane Center said. 

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Around 300,000 customers were without power in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina early this morning. 

NBC News reports Idalia could drop up to 8 inches of rain in the Carolinas, and forecasters warn that flash, urban and moderate river flooding is possible. 

The storm made landfall in Florida’s Big Bend just before 8 a.m. ET yesterday as a Category 3 hurricane after having strengthened to Category 4.

Flooding and heavy rainfall continue to cause life-threatening conditions in parts of eastern North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center has warned.

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“A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline in the indicated locations,” the NHC said in a 5 a.m. ET update

A tropical storm warning is in effect, covering from the South Santee River to the Virginia border as well as Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds, and a storm surge warning covers coastal communities including Beaufort Inlet and Ocracoke Inlet.

The storm is expected to move east beyond the North Carolina coast at some point today — but tropical storm winds at its center could still reach 185mph.

Tornadoes are also possible in the area, the NHC said.

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Homes slowly reconnected to power grid in Florida and Georgia

Some of the thousands of households without power as a result of Idalia have been reconnected.

NBC News reports in Florida 143,000 customers remain without power, compared to some 150,000 late Wednesday, according to the tracking website as of 4 a.m. ET Thursday.

In Georgia 118,000 customers are without power, a reduction from 149,000 overnight.

More than 50,000 customers are without power in the Carolinas, according to

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