Category 3 storms have winds from 111 to 129 miles per hour, but 130-mph (21-kph) wind gust was recently reported by the Marco Island Police Department.
Irma hit the Florida Keys on Sunday, flooding streets, spawning tornadoes, knocking out power to more than 3 million people across the state and snapping massive construction cranes over the Miami skyline.
Hurricane Irma has weakened after cutting a path of destruction through the Caribbean and Florida, but it's still threatening more devastation as it heads toward Georgia. Since the forecast winds are expected to be below tropical storm force, have cancelled the tropical storm warnings and replaced with a wind advisory in effect from 3 PM this afternoon through early Tuesday morning.
Schools in the state planned to close Monday. Meanwhile, Florida residents in the storm's wake who spent an anxious night huddled indoors began to venture out to survey the damage, which largely did not seem to be as bad as initially feared.
In anticipation of some direct impacts, the National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Waraning for many north Florida and southern Georgia counties and coastal zones.
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By Sunday morning, the Tampa-St. Some residents were trying to reach their homes by walking through floodwater up to their waists, while others used canoes.
First lady Melania Trump thanked first responders in the areas affected by Hurricane Irma on Sunday as the Category 4 storm moves onto the USA mainland.
Traffic has increased throughout the state as people evacuating from Florida and elsewhere seek safety to the north.
Some parts of Florida's distribution system - the lines that deliver electricity from power plants to businesses and residences - run underground.
WIND: There is potential for moderate to major wind damage to trees and structures, leading to power outages. "Maximum radius winds and the eye are moving over as we speak".
Miami International Airport, Tampa International Airport, Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport and Orlando International Airport are likewise shut down.