As Hurricane Irma barrels through Florida, the death toll from the powerful storm continues to rise. The Associated Press reported that at least 24 people were dead in the Caribbean after the hurricane hit last week.
“Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Sunday that two more people died in St. Maarten, where the storm destroyed 70% of homes,” TIME reported.
Hurricane Irma is now wreaking havoc in in South Carolina after causing at least nine deaths in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
At least 24 deaths have been confirmed in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in connection with Irma in the U.S. thus far, and at least 2 million people are without power. Two of the deaths include a Florida sheriff’s deputy and corrections officer whom were both killed after crashing head-on Sunday morning during Hurricane Irma in Hardee County, the Miami Herald reported.
Read details on the deaths of the sheriff and corrections officer below:
Five residents of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood, Florida died after the nursing home’s air conditioning unit broke in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The lack of AC in the hot weather forced 115 residents to be evacuated. Three died at the facility, while two others died after they were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital.
ABC reported “one person was found dead in a home in Shark Key on Sunday.” In addition the station reported two deaths in Monroe County, where the Florida Keys are located.
Hurricane Irma made landfall in Cudjoe Key, Florida at about 9:10 a.m.
That news was announced by the National Hurricane Center (NHC), which wrote, “Hurricane #Irma makes landfall at Cudjoe Key in the lower Florida Keys.”
Watch coverage of the Miami floods due to Irma below:
Irma is currently staged as a Category 3 storm and made landfall at 3:35 p.m. EST in Marco Island. The NHC reported that the island, along with Naples will endure some of its strongest winds within the next few hours. The hurricane has wrecked havoc into the state, turning streets into rivers along with heavy debris and uprooted trees.
“Florida’s western coast is now facing Irma’s wrath, and forecasters fear this storm will go down as one of the worst in the state’s history,” The Washington Post reported Sunday.
Many are taking to social media to show their support for everyone in Irma’s devastating path:
Vice President Mike Pence asked “the American people to keep those affected by #HurricaneIrma in their prayers:”
“..a place I’ve known my entire life. My heart is with you, Marco Island. ? Prayers for my family & friends,” @JanalynV tweeted:
See more tweets of encouragement and support below:
The death toll of Hurricane Harvey from last month reached 70 people at the time of publishing.