Irma Makes Second Landfall in Florida

Hurricane has weakened to Category 2, but winds are still 110mph
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 10, 2017 12:56 PM CDT
Updated Sep 10, 2017 5:01 PM CDT
Flood waters rise around signs at the Haulover Marine Center at Haulover Park in North Miami Beach, Fla.   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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(Newser) – Hurricane Irma has made a second landfall in Florida as it moves up the state's west coast. No. 2 came at 3:35pm at Marco Island, about 15 miles from Naples, while Irma was a Category 3 storm, per the Guardian. As of 5pm, it had been downgraded to a Category 2, though winds were still a powerful 110mph. That is technically below "major hurricane" status, notes the AP, though the distinction may be small comfort to cities along its path. Perhaps the biggest concern continues to be the densely populated Tampa-St. Petersburg area, thought to be "woefully ill-equipped" to handle such a big storm, per the Washington Post. Irma should arrive there after midnight.

“Today is going to the be the long day,” says Mark DeMaria of the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Though Miami avoided a direct hit, the driving rain and storm surges have flooded parts of the downtown area, particularly the Brickell neighborhood. And two construction cranes have collapsed onto buildings in Miami, though no casualties were reported. In Palm Bay, also on the east coast, a related tornado destroyed six mobile homes, reports USA Today. Irma is on track to hit Georgia Monday morning, and a state of emergency was in effect for all 159 counties. On Sunday morning, Irma made its first landfall at Cudjoe Key in the Florida Keys. (Read more Hurricane Irma stories.)

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