After days of preparations and evacuations from Florida, Hurricane Irma blasted its way into the Sunshine State Sunday morning, making its initial landfall at Cudjoe Key shortly after 9 a.m. before continuing to head up the western side of the peninsula.
Though earlier listed as a Category 4 on Sunday, the intensity was downgraded to Category 2, as the National Hurricane Center in Miami indicated the maximum sustained winds were at 110 mph, with higher gusts reported.
Florida Power & Light said that about 1.5 million customers were without electricity Sunday morning statewide, and it would take weeks to fully restore power.
A spokesman estimated 3.4 million homes and businesses would lose power once the worst of Irma reaches the Florida mainland.
President Donald Trump declared a major disaster in the state of Florida, making federal aid available to people affected by Irma in nine counties already suffering the impact of Irma. (Read more from “Ferocious Irma Unleashes on Florida” HERE)