(Updated Sunday morning)
Hurricane Irma has arrived in Florida as a powerful Category 4 storm, with sustained winds more than 215 km/h.
On Sunday at around 7 a.m. the storm was roughly 25 km southwest off the coast of Key West, Florida, and moving northwest at 13 km/h. evening strong winds and heavy rain were already buffeting Miami.
Irma led to an evacuation order for one-quarter of the population of the state, as well as hundreds of thousands of people on the Georgia coast. Some individuals in Florida have set up webcams broadcasting the storm as it passes…
Jacksonville Beach on Florida’s east coast:
Others have uploaded footage onto social media.
— Bryan Llenas (@BryanLlenas) September 10, 2017
— Herbert Bauernebel (@bauernebel) September 10, 2017
— Yucatan Quinto Poder (@YucatanVPoder) September 10, 2017
Unbelievable footage of Irma the bad girl!!!
— ELIANA.BENADOR (@ElianaBenador) September 10, 2017
This video from the U.S. Virgin Islands shows the devastation left behind by Irma.
— Neelendra Nath (@Ithrahim) September 10, 2017
Images of Irma from the NOAA Satellite and Information Service:
Officials urged people to leave as the storm barrelled toward the U.S. on Saturday. “This is your last chance to make a good decision,” said Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) September 9, 2017
Storm surge flooding of 10-15 ft is now expected along the SW Florida coast. This is a dire and life-threatening situation.
— NHC_Surge (@NHC_Surge) September 9, 2017
— Bob Buckhorn (@BobBuckhorn) September 9, 2017
Images from Florida on Saturday afternoon showed gusting winds and empty streets after evacuations.
— CNN (@CNN) September 9, 2017
— Jeff Piotrowski (@Jeff_Piotrowski) September 9, 2017
— Gadi Schwartz (@GadiNBC) September 9, 2017
Empty Venetian Causeway streets on Miami Beach ahead of Hurricane Irma. pic.twitter.com/3CNsy5KAie
— Carol Rosenberg (@carolrosenberg) September 9, 2017
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