Irma strikes Florida

Irma strikes Florida

Evacuees at a shelter in Naples, Florida. Photo: David Goldman / AP

Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys Sunday morning as a Category 4 storm, with sustained winds of 130 mph. It’s now approaching Naples as a Category 3, with authorities warning of sudden, “life-threatening” storm surge. There are 36 million people in its path.

  • The projected path of the storm has shifted, to Florida’s western coast, with Fort Myers and Tampa among the cities expected to be hit head on. Miami is experiencing 100+ mph winds. The National Weather Service warns that storm surge will quickly rise to 10-15 feet above sea level in Naples.
  • Governor Rick Scott said storm will be “impacting highly-populated communities and leaving destruction in its wake.”
  • Approximately 7 million people were ordered to evacuate ahead of the storm, and upwards of 1 million are already without power.
  • The storm has killed at least 25, and likely more, with deaths reported in St Martin, Puerto Rico, St Maarten, Anguilla and Barbuda.

Hurricane Irma By The Numbers

Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys Sunday morning as a Category 4 storm and as the second major hurricane to hit the United States in two weeks. These numbers show the scale of Irma’s devastation in the Caribbean and Florida:

  • At least 25 people have died in the countries affected by the storm, including 3 in Florida
  • 36 million people are in the path of the storm as it prepares to slam Florida’s west coast
  • 350 mile-wide hurricane
  • Over 1 million without power in Miami-Dade county and other parts of the state
  • 130 mph sustained winds, 10-25 inches of rain, and up to 15 feet of storm surge expected on the Florida coast
  • 7 million in Florida and Georgia have already evacuated
  • 124,000 people are in shelters run by the Red Cross
  • 90% of buildings and vehicles in Barbuda destroyed
  • 66% of gas stations in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area have no fuel
  • More than 5,000 flights have been canceled as a result of the storm
  • 57 years ago, on this date, Hurricane Donna devestated the Florida Keys