Hurricane Irma makes 2nd landfall on Marco Island; Naples braces for storm
Hurricane Irma made its second landfall on Marco Island on the southwest Florida coast this afternoon with 115 mph winds after battering the Florida Keys earlier today. The hurricane, which is barreling toward Naples with powerful wind and rain, has left at least three people dead in Florida, including a sheriff’s deputy, and over 2 million customers without power.
With millions of Floridians under orders to evacuate, many are desperately seeking shelter from the storm. One Naples resident told ABC News she was turned away from two shelters before she and her 10-year-old son were finally accepted at one. “We have a dog and there were not that many shelters that accepted dogs,” she said, adding, “We didn’t want to be that far away from our home.” While she and her son stay inside the shelter, her husband is hunkering down with their dog at home.
As the storm lashed Miami today, winds whipped around high-rise buildings at speeds approaching 100 mph, the National Weather Service said. Two cranes collapsed in Miami and a 94 mph wind gust was recorded at Miami International Airport.