ABC NEWS—- Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys this morning as powerful winds and rain pummeled the state, leaving at least three people dead and over 1 million households and businesses without power.
The Keys are “getting pounded,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” today. “They’re going to have 130 mph winds. They’re going to have 10 to 25 inches of rain. … And then on top of that, the potential of 15 [feet] of storm surge.”
Irma brought wind gusts of 93 mph near Key Largo and 89 mph to Key West. In Miami, winds whipped around high-rise buildings at speeds approaching 100 mph, the National WeatherService said.
As of 10 a.m. the storm’s eye was moving away from the Florida Keys while, to the north on Florida’s west coast, the city of Naples braced for the dangerous eye wall to move over its area later in the day.
Wind gusts of 75 mph were recorded at the Naples Airport early Sunday, and officials were warning people to stay indoors and away from windows.