Three people have died as the eye of Hurricane Irma struck Florida’s Key West with winds of 130mph.
One man died when he lost control of the truck he was driving through Monroe County. He had been carrying a generator. Two others died in a car accident in Hardee County, Florida, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The area is around 60 miles inland from Sarasota.
Those deaths come after Irma claimed at least 25 lives in the Caribbean as it swept over several countries, destroying entire islands.
More than 200,000 homes and businesses in Florida have lost power already. Florida Power and Light said on its website that more than half of those outages were in the Miami-Dade area, where about 600,000 people have been ordered to evacuate.
The hurricane was upgraded to a category 4 as it approached Florida Keys in the early hours of Sunday morning. This is only the beginning for the mainland US, as Irma is set to move inland northwest, threatening Naples and other cities up the west coast of Florida as the wears on.