• Video: View from the Naples Daily News building
    Video: View from the Naples Daily News building
  • Watch it: Gov. Rick Scott on Hurricane Irma as storm approaches Marco Island.
    Watch it: Gov. Rick Scott on Hurricane Irma as storm approaches Marco Island.
  • Hurricane Irma: View from Vanderbilt Beach
    Hurricane Irma: View from Vanderbilt Beach
  • Hurricane Irma: Neighborhood off Bonita Beach Road
    Hurricane Irma: Neighborhood off Bonita Beach Road
  • Video: Hurricane Irma update from Station 72
    Video: Hurricane Irma update from Station 72
  • Hurricane Irma video: View from Immokalee, Florida on Sept 10
    Hurricane Irma video: View from Immokalee, Florida on Sept 10
  • Hurricane Irma video: National Guard arrives in Collier County
    Hurricane Irma video: National Guard arrives in Collier County
  • Drone video: Evacuees arrive at Florida shelter
    Drone video: Evacuees arrive at Florida shelter
  • Evacuees seek shelter at Germain Arena
    Evacuees seek shelter at Germain Arena
  • Hurricane Irma video: Resident living in retirement facility evacuated
    Hurricane Irma video: Resident living in retirement facility evacuated
  • Hurricane Irma: A mile of patience at evacuation center
    Hurricane Irma: A mile of patience at evacuation center
  • Hurricane Irma video: People wait in line at shelter in Immokalee, Florida
    Hurricane Irma video: People wait in line at shelter in Immokalee, Florida
  • Hurricane Irma video: Long wait at Germain Arena shelter in Estero
    Hurricane Irma video: Long wait at Germain Arena shelter in Estero
  • Watch it: Gov. Rick Scott discusses Hurricane Irma. (Sept. 8)
    Watch it: Gov. Rick Scott discusses Hurricane Irma. (Sept. 8)
  • Mandatory evacuations announced for Collier
    Mandatory evacuations announced for Collier
  • Fort Myers Beach prepared, not panicked for Hurricane Irma
    Fort Myers Beach prepared, not panicked for Hurricane Irma
  • Video: Scene from Lely HS hurricane shelter
    Video: Scene from Lely HS hurricane shelter
  • Hurricane Irma: Free sand and wood at south Fort Myers store
    Hurricane Irma: Free sand and wood at south Fort Myers store
  • Video: Hurricane Irma update for Friday night
    Video: Hurricane Irma update for Friday night
  • Fort Myers families flock to shelters ahead of Hurricane Irma
    Fort Myers families flock to shelters ahead of Hurricane Irma
  • Video: Scene at Lely High School
    Video: Scene at Lely High School
  • Video: Line for hurricane shelter in Collier
    Video: Line for hurricane shelter in Collier
  • Video: Sept. 8 updates during Hurricane Irma
    Video: Sept. 8 updates during Hurricane Irma
  • Video: Marco Island issues mandatory evacuation
    Video: Marco Island issues mandatory evacuation
  • Florida Highway Patrol escorts fuel trucks across state
    Florida Highway Patrol escorts fuel trucks across state
  • Hurricane Irma: Largest evacuation in history taking place
    Hurricane Irma: Largest evacuation in history taking place
  • Video: Hurricane coverage plans
    Video: Hurricane coverage plans
  • Hurricane Irma: How to charge cell phone in an emergency
    Hurricane Irma: How to charge cell phone in an emergency
  • Hurricane Irma: Storm before the big storm
    Hurricane Irma: Storm before the big storm
  • Hurricane Irma: Thursday afternoon update from a RaceTrac in Fort Myers
    Hurricane Irma: Thursday afternoon update from a RaceTrac in Fort Myers
  • Hurricane Irma: Line at Grill and Fill in Naples
    Hurricane Irma: Line at Grill and Fill in Naples
  • Hurricane Irma: Bonita Springs news conference on Thursday, Sept 7
    Hurricane Irma: Bonita Springs news conference on Thursday, Sept 7
  • Governor Rick Scott speaks on Hurricane Irma
    Governor Rick Scott speaks on Hurricane Irma
  • Irma: Supplies dwindle as shoppers stock up
    Irma: Supplies dwindle as shoppers stock up
  • Video: Collier County Commission declares a state of emergency
    Video: Collier County Commission declares a state of emergency
  • Video: Lowe's off Airport-Pulling receives more wood
    Video: Lowe's off Airport-Pulling receives more wood
  • Video: Long line at Sam's Club
    Video: Long line at Sam's Club
  • Video: Crews install aluminum siding at Naples City Hall
    Video: Crews install aluminum siding at Naples City Hall
  • Video: Water shipment gone in about 10 minutes
    Video: Water shipment gone in about 10 minutes
  • Hurricane Irma: No water at Publix frustrates customers
    Hurricane Irma: No water at Publix frustrates customers
  • Fort Myers has sand but bring your own bags
    Fort Myers has sand but bring your own bags
  • Hurricane Irma: Lines at Costco gas station in Naples
    Hurricane Irma: Lines at Costco gas station in Naples
  • Hurricane Irma: The scene at Sam's Club in North Naples
    Hurricane Irma: The scene at Sam's Club in North Naples
  • Hurricane Irma: The scene at Lowes in Naples
    Hurricane Irma: The scene at Lowes in Naples
  • Preparing for Hurricane Irma: Scene at Home Depot
    Preparing for Hurricane Irma: Scene at Home Depot
  • Preparations for Hurricane Irma are underway
    Preparations for Hurricane Irma are underway
  • Hurricane Irma shelters open and get busy
    Hurricane Irma shelters open and get busy
  • Hurricane Irma: Downtown Fort Myers readies
    Hurricane Irma: Downtown Fort Myers readies
  • Hurricane Irma: Fort Myers Beach under mandatory evacuation
    Hurricane Irma: Fort Myers Beach under mandatory evacuation
  • Hurricane Irma - Tropical Trailer Park
    Hurricane Irma - Tropical Trailer Park
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Historic flooding for Southwest Florida is possible along Hurricane Irma’s latest track — threatening life and property from downtown Naples south to Everglades City and coastal areas from Marco Island up to Fort Myers Beach.

Saturday’s projections from the National Hurricane Center show potential storm surge flooding greater than 9 feet above ground in Port Royal, Aqualane Shores and Royal Harbor. The same severe flooding could inundate Lely, parts of East Naples and Bonita Springs.

Coastal Collier and Lee counties could see flooding up to 15 feet, according to the latest local forecast from the National Weather Service. Virtually all of Southwest Florida has the potential to see at least 3 feet of flooding.

More: Collier residents seeking protection from Hurricane Irma frustrated by full shelters, lines

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▪ Get complete coverage of Hurricane Irma at naplesnews.com/hurricane

Three feet of flooding can float a car, said Jim Farrell, a WINK-TV meteorologist. Flooding up to 9 feet is life threatening, he said.

“If you’re a 5 foot person and you’ve got 9 feet of water in your house — then you’re standing on your kitchen counter,” Farrell said.

During storm surge, an unusual rise of saltwater in the Gulf moves with the hurricane. Storm surge flooding in Southwest Florida is expected to begin Monday, as Irma's counterclockwise spin moves north, pushing winds inland from the Gulf.

“Life-threatening inundation is possible,” National Weather Service forecasters said. “Failure to heed evacuation orders may result in serious injury, significant loss of life, or immense human suffering.”

Lee County could see devastating effects, Lee County Manager Roger Desjarlais said.

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Hurricane Irma batters Cuba as it makes its way towards the Florida Keys. WUSA

“There is going to be a tidal surge and flooding from this storm,” he said. “It is going to be a certainty. We are going to experience 10 to 15 feet of flooding, starting at the lowest lying areas and moving inland.

“People are going to be absolutely shocked and surprised when they see how much water 10 to 15 feet over land is,” he added. “That’s more than a single story.”

Irma weakened to a Category 3 storm Saturday but is expected to intensify as it heads toward South Florida. As of the 5 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the storm was moving away from Cuba with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph.

Dan Summers, director of the Bureau of Emergency Services, said Collier County’s areas under the greatest threat of flooding have already been ordered to evacuate, including Lely Resort, which was evacuated at 2:45 p.m. Saturday.

“We know that’s what causes the most fatalities in a hurricane,” Summers said.

Naples Fire Chief Pete DiMaria said large parts of the city could see 8 to 15 feet of flooding.

“That could affect almost every structure of the city,” he said.

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