Hurricane Irma roars into the Florida Keys and continues up the coast Video

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It was harrowing here for the people of Naples, and it was devastating from the moment it hit. First making landfall in the keys, then the wind gusts topping 100 miles per hour. Let’s turn back to Matt Gutman on this difficult day for Florida. Reporter: Hurricane Irma, devouring Florida tonight. The storm making its first U.S. Landfall at Cudjoe key in the lower Florida keys at 9:10 A.M. These storm chasers, clocking speeds at 117 miles per hour. The actual speed may have been higher. Just before 10:00 A.M. A 94-mile-per-hour wind gust in Miami. Those gusts even stronger at the top of skyscrapers, snapping that crane. And ripping off the roof of this apartment building. On the streets below, more than five feet of storm surge swamping downtown Miami. As the minutes pass the flooding keeps getting worse because the rain does not stop. Reporter: The hurricane spawning at least three reported tornadoes. Multiple homes damaged in this neighborhood near Melbourne, Florida. Mine’s still standing. Mine’s still standing, but there’s a lot of water coming in now. Reporter: That metal wrapped around that mailbox. The wind firing splinters spearing into the sides of homes. And officials say, the biggest danger, that storm surge. It’s just after 2:20. We’ve just received an urgent alert on our phone, like everybody else in Naples, that the storm surge is coming. The water has gone out towards the gulf of Mexico. And officials say it is going to come back in with ferocity. The storm making its second landfall at 3:35 P.M. At Marco island. Now heading towards Tampa. Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face. And, well, we’re about to get punched in the face. Reporter: It seems like an industrial-sized blender took the top of the trees off. Grinding everything down. We have switched position because the storm has come around to the other side. And this is the most dangerous time for folks here in Naples. They’ve come out during the eye of the storm to check on their cars, walk their dogs. But now is the most dangerous time, the storm surge is coming, and officials warn us it’s dangerous out here. David? You’re absolutely right, Matt. Authorities say, don’t be fooled when the storm comes through, there’s a calm afterward, but the skies have suddenly darkened. The winds are picking up, and the trees already blowing in the heavy winds making their return. Ginger zee is…

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