General / Weekend News

Irma slams into southwestern Florida

By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor

Hurricane Irma slammed Marco Island off Florida’s west coast today, with winds of up to 120mph but has since been downgraded to a category 2 storm.

More than 2.5 million homes in Florida are without power, and parts of the city of Miami are under water.

About 2ft of water has been seen in Miami’s financial district, where one major street resembled a river, but the worst damage is expected on the west coast.

Some 6.3 million people in Florida were urged to evacuate.

Irma has already devastated parts of the Caribbean, killing at least 27.

US President, Donald Trump has approved a major disaster declaration and emergency federal aid for Florida.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) had warned people in the area of Naples and Marco Island to move away from the coast as storm surges of up to 15ft were possible.

Irma is now heading for the Tampa Bay area, which has a population of about three million. The region has not been hit by a major hurricane since 1921.

After leaving the coast of Cuba, Irma barrelled through the Florida Keys, a chain of low-lying islands to the south, on Sunday morning.

Reports say a man was killed on Saturday in the Keys when his truck crashed into a tree as the outer bands of the storm arrived.

Comments are closed.