Hurricane IRMA gaining strength as it nears Florida

florida-irmaHurricane IRMA is gaining strength again over the Florida Straits early this AM. Back to a category 4. Heading for the FL Keys with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (209 km/h)

The hurricane’s eye was expected to cross the Lower Florida Keys about mid morning on Sunday and to move along the southwest Florida coast in the afternoon.

The worst of Hurricane Irma is now forecast along the west coast of Florida after its track shifted overnight battering cities such as Key West, Naples, Fort Myers, Sarasota, and the Tampa-St. Pete area with hurricane-force winds, torrential rain, and devastating storm-surge inundation.

In Florida, 6.3 million people – about 30% of the state’s population – had been told to evacuate.
More than 195,000 homes and businesses without power as Hurricane Irma comes within 90 miles of Key West