New Video Shows Downtown Miami Underwater After Hurricane Irma

Category 3 Hurricane Irma is moving northward up the state of Florida after devastating the Caribbean islands. One of the first U.S. cities to see significant damage is Miami.
Shelby Rogers

Hurricane Irma just made landfall on the U.S.'s Florida coast. This video shows exactly how devastating the winds and water can be from one of Florida's most populous cities -- Miami. The typically vibrant and thriving streets of Miami look devastated as walls of gray waters flood the downtown area. 

Winds whipped and whistled through the high-rise buildings at over 100 mph, according to the National Weather Service. Miami International Airport reported winds of 94 mph. Pembroke Pines just north of the Miami metro area reported a wind gust of nearly 110 mph. The Miami-Dade Police Department begged the public not to venture out of their homes or shelters for any reason. Police departments throughout the state are not answering calls for help during hurricane conditions and storm surges.

The category 3 Hurricane Irma has already left three people in Florida dead and over 3 million households without power. And Irma still isn't done. Most projections show the hurricane weakening only slightly as it travels upwards through the whole state. 

The next major city to expect the hurricane is Naples, Florida, another popular vacation spot. The major of the city said those in hotels are being forced to stay in their rooms rather than in common areas. Florida Governor Rick Scott had a special warning for Naples residents as storm surges are expected to reach 10 to 15 feet above sea level in the area. That height of water would easily flood the first floors of most hotels, homes, and condos. 

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"Do not think the storm is over when the wind slows down," Scott said on Saturday. The dangerous storm surge "will rush in and could kill you." 

"You need to stay in a safe place," the governor said. "Be prepared, listen to local evacuation advisories."

The National Weather Service echoed those warnings. They told Florida residents if they see a break in the storm, they're still not to leave their houses. More than likely, residents would be in the eye of the storm. 

After Naples, the storm is moving north to Tampa and St. Petersburg area, and then further north to Orlando. 

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