Four people killed – including a sheriff’s deputy and corrections officer – as deadly eye of Irma makes second landfall in Florida leaving TWO MILLION people without power and those on the west coast facing imminent 10-15 FOOT storm surges

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 has been downgraded one more to Category 3, with sustained wind speeds of 120mph
Tornado warnings have been announced across Florida, particularly on the west side of the storm
And two cranes – of two dozen in the city – have 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 6.3million 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 Trump urged everyone to follow instructions and said: ‘Here comes Irma. God bless everyone’
Experts have warned that ‘catastrophic’ and ‘life threatening’ storm surges could reach up to 15ft in Key West

10 September 2017

Two of the four Florida victims of Hurricane Irma have been identified, as the storm continues to rage and the west coast of the state begins to receive massive, potentially fatal storm surges of as much as 10-15 feet.

Hardee County Sheriff’s deputy Julie Bridges, a 13-year veteran of the county force and mother of one, and Hardee Correctional Institute sergeant Joseph Ossman crashed on Sunday around 60 miles from Saratosa. Both were killed.

Meanwhile, Irma, which has been downgraded again to Category 3 after being upgraded Saturday night has left downtown Miami flooded while increasing pressure on Naples and other cities up the west coast.

‘Pray, pray for everybody in Florida,’ Governor Rick Scott said on Fox News Sunday of Irma, which now has maximum sustained winds of 120mph.

More than a million people have been left without power across the state, and experts are warning those on the west coast not to be fooled by low tides and calm waters as massive storm surges will be inbound soon.

Four people including Bridges and Ossman have died during the storms, while two cranes – of two dozen in the city – have collapsed under intense wind pressure in Miami.

And at 3:30pm Irma made a second landfall, this time on Marco Island close to Naples, as a huge airborne relief mission was announced for the Keys.

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