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Hurricane Irma is losing steam, but continues to pound the state of Florida

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Updated September 10, 2017 10:54 PM EDT

Hurricane Irma has downgraded to a Category 2 storm with sustained winds of 100 mph.

The storm is moving toward Tampa, Florida and is expected to turn toward the north-northwest in a few hours, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Updated September 10, 2017 08:57 PM EDT

Hurricane Irma is moving near Ft. Myers, Florida Sunday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center. The hurricane's storm surges are expected to increase along the west coast of Florida.

The storm has left over 3 million people without power across the state.

Irma has also killed at least 26 people in the Caribbean, according to CNN.

Updated September 10, 2017 05:50 PM EDT

Updated September 10, 2017 03:53 PM EDT

Hurricane Irma downgraded to Category 2 storm as the hurricane bears down on Florida.

Destruction from Hurricane Irma has already begun in Florida

The Marco Island police department warned people who didn’t evacuate to get to higher floors in their buildings. Over 2 million people are reportedly without power across the state.

The Category 2 storm is located about 15 miles south south-east of Naples and it moving at 12 mph. The Marco Island Police Department recently reported a 130 mph wind gust.

Updated September 10, 2017 02:50 PM EDT

The National Weather Service in Miami has reported a "fast-moving tornado" at Fort Lauderdale International Airport.

Updated September 10, 2017 02:18 PM EDT

Hurricane Irma was downgraded to a Category 3 storm as it closed in on Naples, Florida.

The storm is currently located 35 miles south of Naples and it's moving at 12 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As the eye of Hurricane Irma begins to pass, the National Weather Service issued an urgent warning that the wind direction will shift, causing water levels along the southwest coast of Florida to rise rapidly.

The service warned that a storm surge of 10-15 feet is expected in the Naples and Marco Island area.

Updated September 10, 2017 01:48 PM EDT

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Sunday that he has filed an emergency declaration with President Donald Trump.

He noted that the storm is nearly 80 miles south of Naples and a 15-foot storm surge is expected in some areas.

Scott said that the state of Florida has accepted the help offered by other states. More than 10,000 guard troops are heading to Florida to provide assistance, according to our affiliate WPEC.

The state has also prepared more than 500 law enforcement vessels.

The governor cautioned that families in the Florida panhandle need to remain on high alert now that the storm has shifted.

Updated September 10, 2017 12:39 PM EDT

President Donald Trump has spoken with the governors of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee as Hurricane Irma moves north.

The White House added that Trump has been in regular contact with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Marco Rubio over the past week.

Both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are scheduled to receive an update on Irma on Sunday.

Updated September 10, 2017 12:22 PM EDT

Hurricane Irma is making landfall in Florida, and leaving lots of damage and flooding behind:

Updated September 10, 2017 11:33 AM EDT

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn issued a 6 p.m. curfew for the city as Hurricane Irma bears down on southwestern Florida.

"Be prepared for a storm that we've never seen before," he tweeted.

The National Hurricane Center said Irma will bring life-threatening storm surge flooding along much of the state's west coast, including the Florida Keys, where a storm surge warning is in effect.

The Category 4 storm is gaining speed, moving north along the southwest coast at 9 mph, according to the latest advisory from the National Weather Service.

Hurricane Irma is bringing maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. At least one construction crane snapped as result of strong winds in the Miami-Dade area.

Updated September 10, 2017 09:29 AM EDT

Hurricane Irma has made landfall on Cudjoe Key, Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph.

Hurricane Irma is now tied for the seventh strongest storm to make landfall in U.S. history by a key measurement of atmospheric pressure.

Florida officials say 127,000 people have taken refuge in shelters as Irma bears down on the state. At least 1.3 million people have lost power as a result of the storm.

Hurricane Irma's northern eyewall reached the lower Florida Keys early Sunday morning as a powerful Category 4 storm.

The storm lashed the area with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

At 8 a.m. EDT the eye of the storm was located about 20 miles east-southeast of Key West Florida, and was moving northwest at about 8 mph.

Irma is expected to remain a powerful storm as it moves through the Florida Keys and along the state's west coast.

The immense storm knocked out power to more than 170,000 homes and businesses in Florida as it approached.

Tens of thousands of people are huddled in shelters, waiting out the powerful storm. On Saturday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott urged residents in evacuation zones to "get out now."

At this point, nearly the entire Florida coastline remains under hurricane watches and warnings, and the latest projections could shift again, sparing or savaging other parts of the state.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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