‘Worst-case scenario’ as Hurricane Irma makes landfall in Florida

Hurricane Irma tore a swath of destruction across South Florida on Sunday, bringing “life-threatening” flooding and destructive winds of up to 135 mph.

Irma made its second landfall at Marco Island, Fla., around 3:35 p.m. Eastern as a Category 3 hurricane, after earlier making landfall over the Florida Keys at 9:10 a.m. as a Category 4 storm. After the eye of the storm passed over Naples and toward the Fort Myers area, Irma was downgraded again to a Category 2, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph. The storm is expected to make its way up Florida’s Gulf Coast, hitting Tampa late Sunday or early Monday morning, and Tallahassee on Monday afternoon.

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