Hurricane

Photo: Jessica Meszaros, WGCU

Hurricane Irma and the massive bands of wind and rain the rocked Southwest Florida has moved north, but in the aftermath of the storm, hundreds of thousands of residents remain without power and the toll of the hurricane is beginning to come into focus as emergency responders begin assessments and repairs.

Image: NOAA

The eye of Hurricane Irma, the Category 2 hurricane that made landfall on the Florida mainland at Marco Island shortly around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, is now moving toward Sarasota and into Central Florida.

Image: NOAA

As Hurricane Irma has moved over Naples and Fort Myers and continues to head north up the Florida coast toward Tampa, hundreds of thousands of residents face nightfall without electricity, even as potentially disastrous storm surges upwards of ten to 15 feet could flood into the area in the coming hours.

Image: Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Hurricane Irma’s eye is now about 5 miles north of Naples, officially weakening to a Category 2 hurricane but still seeing top winds in excess of 140 mph. In the next two to three hours, Fort Myers should see its worst weather of the storm.

Photo: Quincy Walters, WGCU

Mandatory curfews are in place across three counties in Southwest Florida: in Collier and Charlotte Counties between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., and Lee County between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. 

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