Hurricane Irma tracker: watch latest path of storm in Florida

A street is flooded as Hurricane Irma passes through Naples Fla. Sunday Sept. 10 2017

A street is flooded as Hurricane Irma passes through Naples Fla. Sunday Sept. 10 2017

Nearly the entire state is under hurricane warning.

Our entire state will be impacted by this storm.

"Anyone who didn't heed the evacuation orders here in Miami Beach, it's time to bunker down", Van Dam said. "Well, we're about to get punched in the face". "The message has been clear: The Keys are going to be impacted".

Irma was expected to roar up Florida's western coast through the day on Sunday, with hurricane-force winds extending some 80 miles (129 km) from its center.

A storm surge of 10 feet was recorded in the Keys and a record storm surge was reported in Jacksonville that exceeded the previous high set by Hurricane Dora in 1964.

Elsewhere in the state, many cities remained virtually deserted even as storm conditions subsided.

"If you need to get out, put a white flag in front of your house".

One meteorologist could barely stand his ground during the storm.

The hurricane was responsible for at least 26 deaths, including 10 in Cuba, as it passed through Caribbean island nations.

Maximum sustained winds were at 70 miles per hour, the forecaster said. Winds could reach 130-140mph near the Florida coast on Sunday. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the city.

Still, he said, it will take days for many people to be restored and, in some cases where the damage was extensive, weeks.

A houses is surrounded by water as Hurricane Irma passes through Naples Fla. Sunday Sept. 10 2017
Irma weakens to Category 4 hurricane as it heads for Florida

President Donald Trump Sunday afternoon approved a major disaster designation for the state of Florida, making full federal assistance available for emergencies as well as when the eventual hard work of recovery begins.

Irma has weakened-it had already been downgraded to a tropical storm before it hit Tampa-but it continues to dump massive amounts of rain onto Florida and Georgia. A storm surge warning is also in effect.

Images out of Polk County, Florida shows the devastation occurring as first responders attempted to go out into the storm.

Mass evacuations have sent throngs onto jammed highways heading north and created a severe gas shortage in some parts the state.

"We think this could be the most challenging restoration in the history of the U.S.", he said.

Another storm, Jose, further out in the Atlantic behind Irma, is a category four hurricane, with winds of up to 130mph.

Irma, however, continued to be a threat as it crossed the northern part of the state and because of lingering storm surges along both coasts.

The state said Saturday that more than 400 shelters are open, mostly in schools, churches and community centers.

Storm surge warnings were in place for Tampa Bay, from the South Santee River in SC to the Flagler/Volusia County line on the Atlantic Coast and from Cape Sable northward to the Ochlockonee River on the Gulf of Mexico.

FEMA warned Alabama and North Carolina also to be on watch.

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