Florida is still in danger of the storm's effects

After its destructive week in the Caribbean last week, Hurricane Irma has weakened to a Category One storm after making landfall in Florida.

The National Hurricane Centre has said that while Irma moves north along the Gulf Coast, it is expected to remain a powerful and damaging storm.

The hurricane hit south Florida on September 10 with sustained winds of 130mph.

The destruction has been felt particularly badly in Tampa.

With less of a focus on Tampa during the preparations for Irma’s arrival, it is believed the damage there will be greater than predicted.

Currently there have been a reported three deaths in Florida, with at least 110,000 residents taking refuge in shelters statewide.

Police in Fort Lauderdale have warned residents to not take advantage of the evacuation zone, as looters close in on empty shops.

“Going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choie,” Fort Lauderdale Chief of Police Rick Maglione said in a Twitter statement.