Hurricane Irma passed over the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm this morning and is now heading through the Florida peninsula. The hurricane has left at least 3 people in the state dead and more than a million households without power.
As the storm raged through the southern tip of the state, wind speeds were recorded at over 100 miles per hour in the Miami area. Meanwhile, the gulf side was expecting even worse conditions as the eye of the huge hurricane was expected to pass over the western part of the state and hit Tampa late this evening.
The massive storm system will continue to slowly creep up north after slamming Tampa until it is finally expected to die out Thursday morning somewhere near southern Illinois and Kentucky.
Millions had been ordered to evacuate Florida as Irma approached and at least 100,000 are now in shelters as they brace for the impact.
The National Weather Service has also warned any residents who have decided to ride out the storm that if winds suddenly go calm, do not go outside:
IF winds go calm, you’re in the eye. Stay inside! Winds dramatically shift and will do so violently! STAY INSIDE!
— NWS Key West (@NWSKeyWest) September 10, 2017
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