After leaving a path of destruction through parts of the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma's eye moved through the lower Florida Keys on Sunday morning. By midday, the National Hurricane Center reported the deadly Category 4 storm had begun to swing away from the Keys — and toward Florida's mainland.
Irma was expected to hit the state's southwest coast or skirt it closely later Sunday, trundling its 130-mph winds toward northern Florida, where the NHC believes it will then move inland. But first, Irma — now moving north at about 9 mph — has Naples, Fort Myers and Tampa in its sights.
Already, though, the storm's force could be felt across the state on Sunday morning: More than 1.5 million homes and businesses had lost power and upwards of 100,000 people had taken refuge in shelters by 11 a.m. ET. Residents across the state, from the southernmost tip of the peninsula to areas near Florida's northern border, face what the NHC calls a "life threatening" storm surge.