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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.

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As southwest Florida begins to feel the impacts of Hurricane Irma, emergency mangers in Lee County say they have stopped responding to calls due to dangerous wind speeds. Law enforcement will also stop responding soon.

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Powerful Hurricane Irma is racing toward a direct impact with South Florida by early Sunday. Forecasters say the storm poses a “potentially catastrophic threat” to the Florida Keys and other parts of our state, with hurricane and storm surge warnings and watches already in effect on both the Gulf and Atlantic coasts.

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As Hurricane Irma closes in on Florida, and despite a slight shift, counties in the southwestern part of the state are bracing for impact.