House postpones votes due to Hurricane Irma absences

House postpones votes due to Hurricane Irma absences
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The House will postpone voting on bills slated for Monday due to the large number of absences as a result of Hurricane Irma, which made landfall in the Florida Keys earlier Sunday.

"Due to the large number of absences as a result of Hurricane Irma, no votes are expected in the House tomorrowMonday, September 11th," House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said in a statement.

Instead, the lower chamber will have its first votes of the week at 6:30 P.M. on Tuesday, and finish up its last set of votes on Thursday. 

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"We will continue to monitor the situation and send further updates as needed," the statement added.

Irma made landfall as a Category 4 storm in the Florida Keys early Sunday, bringing whipping winds and strong storm surges to the state after wreaking havoc across the Caribbean islands.

Sunshine State cities, particularly those on the west coast like Tampa, Sarasota and Fort Meyers, are bracing for a direct hit with some reports warning that their neighborhoods could become submerged under 15-foot high flood waters. 

The state ordered a record 6.3 million people to evacuate from coastal and southern areas, and opened more than 400 shelters.

The storm has since dropped down to a Category 3 storm, according to reports