Miami residents are capturing the ongoing devastation of Hurricane Irma, after the storm swell breached the seawall and flooded massive portions of the city’s financial district.
Footage posted to Instagram shows the massive volume of water which has engulfed the downtown region, with eyewitnesses describing boats being ripped from their moorings and islands of debris forming in the flooding.
Hurricane Irma made its second landfall in the vicinity of Naples, some 240km west of Miami.
We are at Pelican Bay and we hear that the eye of the storm is just a few miles away. @kurika , myself, dad, mom and two other family friends are inside a high rise building. Wind and rain outside like I've never seen before! Thankfully we are safe here. We will ride out the storm till it gets calmer but in the meantime the eye of the storm is right over us. No electricity so we will conserve lights and phone batteries for the moment. May be a long couple days ahead. #hurricaneIrma #CARLxKURIanywhere
Sustained winds of 185kph have been recorded, resulting in devastation as the storm works its way up Florida’s western coast.
Around 6.5 million residents in Irma’s projected path have been advised to evacuate, and an estimated 127,000 people are taking cover in storm shelters.
It’s thought that was many as 1.3 million people are now without power as a result of the storm.
At least three people have died in car crashes attributed to the Category 4 event.
Hurricane Irma is projected to continue north, battering the remainder of the state. We’ll keep you updated.
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