Hurricane Irma spiraled toward Tampa Sunday after inundating Miami and the Florida Keys with a dangerous storm surge and ferocious winds.
The Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 130 mph caused two cranes to collapse in Downtown Miami, where waves rushed through the streets. It was later downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane as it roared toward Tampa.
The nearly 400-mile wide storm first made landfall at 9:10 a.m. at Cudjoe Key, a half-hour east of Key West, according to the National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center.
Just before 4 p.m. Irma — downgraded to a Category 3 storm — again made landfall on Marco Island, south of Naples.
An hour later it was downgraded again to a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 110 mph. Irma pummeled Turks and Caicos as it headed toward Cuba’s northern shores Friday. Tourists have been moved from low-lying areas of the communist nation over fears of crippling storm surges.
It already killed at least three people in Puerto Rico. More than 1 million people were initially left without power in the U.S. territory, and officials believe some could go months without electricity.
With News Wire Services