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WRATH OF IRMA: Hurricane Makes Landfall In The Florida Keys

Category 4 storm creeping up Florida's west coast.

Around 2 a.m. eastern time, Hurricane Irma's eye made landfall just east of Key West, Florida, whipping the islands with 125 mile per hour winds and a storm surge that looked to be around four to six feet.

The massive category 4 storm, which measures a terrifying 400 miles across at its widest point, is now creeping up Florida's west coast toward Tampa. The track is a marked change from what weathermen had predicted — up until Friday evening, the storm was supposed to wallop Miami and the Atlantic coast, not the Gulf Coast — and meant that many on Florida's western shore were left scrambling for shelter.

As of Sunday morning, more than 600,000 Floridians are without power and 29,000 of those are in the Florida Keys. Reporters riding out the storm on the small chain of islands just off Florida's tip captured amazing footage as the storm blew in Saturday night.

By late Saturday, the storm surge had already begun, in one case wiping out a tourist trying to take a photo at the "Southernmost Point" marker in Key West.

But the storm quickly got serious, moving from knocking down photographers to pushing in on Key West homes.

The wind threatened cell phone service as it reached more than 130 miles per hour in gusts.​

Across the state, in Miami, the normally raucous South Beach was slammed by wind and rain.

The eye of the storm is now headed for mainland Florida. It is expected to make landfall there sometime before 2 p.m.

 
 
 

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