Irma makes a landfall at Marco Island, Florida

Hurricane Irma has made landfall in Marco Island, Florida at 3:35 PM.  Here are the latest coordinates on Irma.  Position is 25.9 N  81.7 W , right over Marco Island or 15 miles SSE of Naples, Florida.  It is moving N at 9 mph.  Maximum sustained winds have been reduced to 115 mph.  The pressure is 940 mb or 27.76″.  The first landfall in the United States occurred at 9:10 AM at Cudjoe Key, Florida.  A wind gust of 130 mph by the Marco Island police department.  Previous wind gusts have been 92 mph, recorded by the FAA at the Miami International Airport.  Also, 109 mph was reported from Pines Middle school in Pembrooke Pine.

Much of Florida is experiencing at least tropical storm force winds (39 mph or higher) if not hurricanme force winds (74 mph or higher) and very heavy rain.  Storm surge will be a major factor especially for Florida’s west coast by tonight. Residents are encouraged to remain in their shelter in place until the storm passes.  This is a dangerous situation.  Over a million customers are without power.

Right now, rain bands from the storm extend not only over the entire state of Florida, but now have extended into southern Georgia and South Carolina.  Hurricane warnings continue across all of Florida and tropical storm warnings are in affect across Georgia and South Carolina.  Within the hurricane rain bands, tornadoes are possible at just about anytime.

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