Irma Now a Category 1 Hurricane as it Heads for Tampa Bay, Florida

Hurricane Irma first made landfall in Florida along the Keys on the southwest coast, moving towards the center of the state by late Sunday night.

Still packing wind gusts of 100 mile per hour, Irma is continuing to lose strength as it moved inland from South Florida to Jacksonville and is now slowing making her way to Tampa Bay. It is expected that she will maintain her hurricane strength through Monday morning.

The storm is bringing strong winds and heavy rain to the state, and she has left over 3 million people without electricity.

Meteorologist Andrew McKaughan at Tampa’s National Weather Service said once the center of Irma passes Tampa on Monday morning, her winds will be changing direction, going from counterclockwise to clockwise, which will bring back water she took from the bay, adding to the flooding already occurring from the heavy rains.

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