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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.

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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.

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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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Hurricane Irma made landfall on Marco Island shortly after 3:30 p.m. Sunday, with Florida Public Radio Emergency Network forecasters seeing winds blowing at 100 mph down the coast near Marco Island.

As of 2:30pm Sunday, Hurricane Irma is a Category 3 hurricane just miles away from moving directly over Naples and Fort Myers. Winds of the monstrous storm are blowing at 120 miles per hour. The eye of Irma is currently just over 30 miles south of Naples, about 65 miles south of Fort Myers. Shortly at 2:30pm Sunday the storm was moving north at a speed of 12 mph.