Hurricane Irma makes landfall on Marco Island
The Category 3 hurricane made landfall on Marco Island at 3:35 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. Bill Green/Naples Daily News
Hurricane Irma, a category 3 storm that has wreaked havoc in South Florida made landfall in Marco Island at 3:35 p.m. bringing with it 120 mph winds.
An extreme wind warning is in place for Southwest Florida with extreme winds above 115 mph, associated with the eyewall of Hurricane Irma. A 130 mph wind gust was recorded at Marco Island Emergency Operations Center at about 3 p.m.
Sustained winds of up to 130 mph could last through the afternoon in Naples.
Seek shelter immediately. The safest place to be during a major landfall hurricane is in a reinforced interior room away from windows. Do not venture outside when the calm eye of the hurricane passes over, as dangerous winds will return very quickly when the eye moves away.
Irma will continue to be a formidable threat through landfall and beyond. A large storm surge is imminent as the wind direction will shift to onshore, causing water levels along the southwest coast of Florida to rapidly rise in a matter of minutes. Life-threatening storm surge inundation of 10 to 15 feet above ground level is expected between Naples and Marco Island.
Devastating major hurricane force winds across Southwest Florida will also be another significant concern with Hurricane Irma.
The storm slammed into the Florida Keys this morning, uprooting and snapping off trees, filling waterfront streets with surging seawater and knocking out power.
FPL reports over 70,000 power outages in Collier County.