Hurricane Irma marching up Florida coastline as Category 2 storm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Hurricane Irma is moving up the coast of southern Florida and is now a category 2 storm.
Irma was at one time the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the open Atlantic with a peak wind speed of 185 mph (300 kph) last week. It left more than 20 people dead across the Caribbean.
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Meteorologists say it now looks like Irma may be making landfall closer to Tampa:
Even though Irma was downgraded to a category 3 storm mid-Saturday, meteorologists say it will strengthen before making landfall.
— NWS Key West (@NWSKeyWest) September 9, 2017
Florida utility officials say more than 1 million customers have lost power as Hurricane Irma hits the state.
Florida Power & Light says it will be weeks, not days, before electricity is fully restored because of the damage being done by Hurricane Irma.