Fort Myers is battered with 110mph winds and water levels in Naples rise 7ft in just 90 minutes as Irma moves further inland after leaving FIVE MILLION without power and killing four

Sunday, September 10, 2017
By Paul Martin

Three have died in two separate car crashes, while a fourth died of natural causes overnight in a shelter
Irma weakened to a Category 2 storm at about 5pm Sunday with winds of 110mph
Tornado warnings have been announced across Florida, particularly on the west side of the storm
Two cranes – of two dozen in the city – collapsed under intense wind pressure in Miami
Forecasts correctly predicted Irma would make first landfall over Lower Florida Keys on Sunday morning
It then made a second landfall on Marco Island near Naples at around 3.30pm on Sunday
Around 6.3 million people have been told to leave their homes in mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders
The storm has already claimed at least 25 lives across the Caribbean since it took hold earlier in the week
President Donald Trump declared a major disaster in the state of Florida on Sunday
Experts have warned that ‘catastrophic’ and ‘life threatening’ storm surges could reach up to 15ft

10 September 2017

Hurricane Irma is currently hammering Fort Myers on the west coast of Florida after making landfall for the second time on Sunday afternoon as the deadly storm continues to move up the coastline.

Irma weakened to a Category 2 storm at about 5pm Sunday as it hugged the coastline moving north through Fort Myers.
The National Hurricane Center said Irma’s winds were at 110 mph, just below major hurricane status, as the center of the still dangerous and wide storm moved farther inland late Sunday afternoon.

It was punishing Fort Myers and Naples after coming ashore for the second time in Marco Island at 3.35pm.

Areas of Naples are now suffering substantial flooding and swathes of the west coast are under 15ft storm surge warnings. The National Hurricane Center said water levels in Naples rose 7ft in just 90 minutes.

A wind gust of 142 mph was recorded at the Naples Municipal Airport as the storm kept its top sustained wind speed of 110 mph.

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