Hurricane Irma Brings Threat Of Severe Storm Surge As It Crosses Over Florida Keys
FLORIDA (CNN)– Hurricane Irma bludgeoned Florida on Sunday (Sept. 10) morning, snapping trees like matchsticks and knocking out power to more than 1 million people.
Hurling 130 mph winds, the Category 4 storm made landfall at 9:10 a.m. ET on Cudjoe Key, the National Hurricane Center said.
Even more powerful could be the storm surges that threaten to swallow Florida’s coastal cities.
“All the interior doors are starting to rattle now, sounds like someone is knocking on the front door,” he said. “The winds are picking up. It’s only going to get worse as it gets closer.”
Almost the entire state of Florida is under a hurricane warning affecting at least 36 million people, with concerns of catastrophic gales, torrential rain rain and deadly storm surges.
Those who did not evacuate ahead of the storm are in danger, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said Saturday.
“You’re on your own until we can actually get in there and it’s safe,” he told CNN. “There is no safe area within the Keys.”
Miami is also taking a beating from Irma. Ferocious winds knocked out power to more than 650,000 customers in the Miami-Dade area, and at least one construction crane snapped.