Hurricane Irma, upgraded to category 4, has made landfall on the lower Florida Keys, bringing high winds and heavy rains. Irma has already caused death and widespread destruction in the Caribbean, and more than a quarter of Florida’s population has been ordered to evacuate.
Hurling 130 mph winds, the Category 4 storm made landfall on Cudjoe Key, the National Hurricane Center said. But even more powerful could be the storm surges that threaten to swallow Florida’s coastal cities.
However, not everyone heeded orders to evacuate coastal Florida. And already two deaths ave been confirmed.
In Florida and southern Georgia, more than 8 million people face hurricane-force winds topping 74 mph, Almost the entire state of Florida is under a hurricane warning affecting at least 36 million people, with concerns of catastrophic gales, torrential rain rain and deadly storm surges.
Miami is also taking a beating from Irma. Ferocious winds knocked out power to more than 680,000 customers in the Miami-Dade area, and at least one construction crane snapped.
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