MIAMI — Irma hit South Florida on Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
“If you own a power washer … imagine taking it in the face,” said reporter Bill Weir of the torrential rain in Key Largo, some 70 miles south of Miami.
A reporter on Miami Beach, Florida, said the roaring winds felt like a jet engine.
“It just stings every time one of these gusts come through,” Van Dam said.
“Anyone who didn’t heed the evacuation orders here in Miami Beach, it’s time to bunker down. It is time to take this storm seriously. Do not come back to the evacuation zones. It has just begun, and it’s going to get worse.”