Irma strikes Florida
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
- 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