Hurricane Irma reached the Florida Keys on Sunday morning as those remaining of the 6.4 million Floridians implored to flee hunkered down and braced for the storm’s arrival.
According to the National Weather Service’s Hurricane Center, the storm will continue to bring life-threatening winds and storm surge to the Florida Keys, as well as much of the central and western regions of the states, through Monday.
“Irma is producing very heavy rain and inland flooding across much of Florida, which will quickly spread to the rest of the southeast United States,” the center said in an update Sunday evening.
Dangerous winds are also expected to spread into Georgia, as well as parts of Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
At one time, Irma was the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the open Atlantic with a peak wind speed of 185 miles per hour. The storm left more than 20 people dead across the Caribbean and brought massive destruction in its path. ABC News reported Sunday afternoon that at least three people in Florida had died.
Here are 5 maps that show Irma’s strength, and when and where, the storm is expected to hit Florida:
Track updates on the hurricane with the National Weather Service here.