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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.

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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.