Hurricane Irma made U.S. landfall at Cudjoe Key in lower Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm at 9:10 a.m. on Sunday. By 10 a.m., more than 1 million people in South Florida lost power before the storm even made landfall in the continental United States. By 9 p.m., there were over 3.3 million people in Florida without power.
By 3:35 p.m., Hurricane Irma made another landfall at Marco Island on Florida’s west coast and soon it was underwater.
Naples suffered widespread damage from Hurricane Irma.
The entire state was battered by 130 mph winds, massive storm surges, and torrential downpours that led to overwhelming flooding. Despite being on the Gulf side of Florida, Miami was ravaged by Hurricane Irma. The massive hurricane pummeled the Miami area with high winds and fast-moving flood waters from the storm surge that turned streets into rampant rivers.
Witness Hurricane Irma effortlessly rip off a building’s roof in Miami HERE.
A waterspout spun violently near Ft. Lauderdale.
Thankfully, Hurricane Irma has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm with 105 mph winds as it approaches Ft. Myers.
Over Sunday night, Hurricane Irma will endanger Tampa, but experts predict it could go down to a Category 1 storm. President Trump has approved a major disaster declaration for Florida.
Thankfully the flamingos at Busch Gardens in Tampa were being transported to safety.