(FOX News, Sept 10,2017): Hurricane Irma roared onto the Florida Keys Sunday morning, making landfall as a Category 4 storm that left a deadly path of destruction across the Caribbean now on a projected path that puts Florida’s west coast under threat for a direct hit.
In its 9:20 a.m. ET advisory, the National Hurricane Center said the storm was about 20 miles east of Key West, with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, and headed northwest at 8 mph.
The storm made landfall at Cudjoe Key in the lower Florida Keys at 9:10 am ET, the NHC said. A gust to 106 mph was recently at the National Key Deer Refuge in Big Pine Key.
The latest forecasts project Irma will hug Florida’s western coast off Fort Myers through the day Sunday, with the eye wall reaching the Tampa Bay area by the end of the day.