Irma downgraded to a tropical storm as it heads for Georgia, Alabama
NEW BERN, Craven County - Hurricane Irma made landfall at Cudjoe Key in the lower Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm. The official landfall time was 9:10 am. The National Hurricane Center reported a gust of 106 mph in big Pine Key at about the same time. The entire state of Florida will feel Irma's effects as its eye passes along Southwest Florida and Tampa. Florida Governor Rick Scott says storm surge could reach between 6-12 feet. Scott gave an ominous warning. "You will not survive this storm surge."
ABC News reports at least 3 traffic accident deaths in Florida related to Hurricane Irma. Miami's ABC affiliate reported a construction crane collapsed onto a nearby building. No injuries were reported. Miami officials had warned people living near construction sites that cranes could collapse. Irma is also blamed for a house fire in Boca Raton, Fla., after power lines came down and sparked the fire. Florida Power and Light estimates 5.7 million outages as of Monday morning - nearly 60 percent of the state.
In its 8 a.m. Monday advisory, the National Hurricane Center listed Irma's sustained winds at 70 mph. It's located at 29.5 degrees north and 82.9 degrees west, about 30 miles north-northeast of Cedar Key, Florida and 105 miles north-northwest of Tampa, Florida. The storm is moving north-northwest at 18 mph.
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for... - South Santee River southward to the Flagler/Volusia county line - Cape Sable northward to the Ochlockonee River - Tampa Bay
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for... - Bonita Beach to the Okaloosa/Walton county line - Jupiter Inlet to the South Santee River
-- Okechobee Beach