After days of anticipation, Hurricane Irma has made landfall on the Mainland United States, tearing through Marco Island, Florida, and Naples as a Category 3. After traveling over Cuba for a number of hours, Irma had weakened, but regained strength and hit the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm.
Most recently, the storm has slowed to a Category 2 as it heads toward Fort Myers. The storm is expected to slow down even more as it approaches the Tampa/St. Petersburg region, but she’s still bringing gusty winds and heavy rain along with her.
According to the National Weather Service, a Hurricane Warning and Storm Surge warning remain in effect for Lee County, affecting both Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres. Current conditions include heavy rains and winds, with forecast of 65-85 mph winds, with potential gusts up to 105 mph. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 4 p.m. on Monday, September 11. A Tornado Watch is in effect until Noon on Monday.
Lee County has enacted a curfew, from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., as reported by the News-Press. That curfew does apply to the city of Fort Myers as well, and is in effect daily until government officials rescind the order.
The video below, featuring ABC News’ Tom Llamas, gives you a good indications of conditions in the area.
The below video, from Twitter user Bryan Woolston, shows heavy rains and winds tearing through Florida’s trademark palm trees.
The below video was taken from the balcony of a Fort Myers hotel room.
Hurricane Irma has claimed at least one life, according to ABC News. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, which holds jurisdiction over Key West, reports that a man was killed after losing control of a the vehicle he was driving. The man was transporting a generator and his truck was overtaken by tropical-storm force winds.