Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm on Sunday, barreling the state with 130 mph winds as it moves up the coast.
Miami was pummeled with ferocious rain causing mass flooding and devastation.
“Breaking News: Streets have flooded in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood…Uprooted trees in Edgewater Miami. We’ve just measured hurricane force winds (74mph) on our wind meters here,” @MikeSpearksNBC6 tweeted:
“…Streets have flooded in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood,” the reporter said:
A local shop is seen being flooded:
A roof whips apart from a Miami home:
The arm of a crane collapsed on top of a Miami building. No injuries were reported in connection with the collapse:
And a second crane comes down:
“If you’re in a building in the area of NE 3rd street & Biscayne Blvd facing the crane seek shelter in the opposite side of Bldg or stairwell,” @CityofMiami stated:
“In this video you can actually see the Bay water starting to flood the side walks,” @RealJosephDLC stated:
This isn’t the first time Miami has seen fierce flooding. Check out the photo below from “the flood of 1947”:
“Flooding caused by #Irma in the downtown of Miami, FL.,” @liveuamap said in a tweet:
“‘You’ve got whitecaps on Brickell,'” CNN tweeted along with the video below. “‘I don’t know what more to say’: Major #Irma flooding in Miami neighborhood:”
The City of Miami provided the following updates and power outage information on their website as of 2 p.m. EST:
South Florida is under a Tornado Watch until 2pm (Sunday, Sep 10).
The City of Miami is under a Hurricane Warning issued Thursday September 7th at 11pm by the National Hurricane Center.
Storm Surge Zones A, B and parts of C are under an evacuation order by Miami-Dade County. This includes areas of the City of Miami. Please find out if your home is under this evacuation order here by entering your address. The City urges you to comply with evacuation orders for your safety.
If you experience a power outage, please call 1-800-4-Outage or report online at http://fplmaps.com.
Do not assume neighbors have reported your outage . Your report will allow FPL and other residents to stay up to date on activity.
“Broward and Miami-Dade counties will experience gusts of 70-90 mph until 8 p.m. or so in Miami-Dade and 8-10 p.m,” The Sun-Sentinel reported.
High winds are expected to gradually diminish into Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service.
The storm made its first landfall in the U.S. in Cudjoe Key around 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.”
The NHC also wrote:
“The center of Hurricane Irma made landfall at Cudjoe Key in the lower Florida Keys at 9:10 am EDT. A gust to 106 mph (171 km/h) was just reported at the National Key Deer Refuge in Big Pine Key.
Storm surges are expected to be anywhere from one to fifteen feet, especially along the west coast area, all the way from Marco Island to the Florida Keys. The storm surge could be the biggest obstacle from the tropical storm, and is the biggest reason for hurricane-related deaths by drowning.
“Storm surge flooding of 10-15 ft is now expected along the SW Florida coast,” the NHC wrote in a tweet. “This is a dire and life-threatening situation.”