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Water Rises On Florida's East Coast; Eye Hits West

Posted at 6:10 PM, Sep 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-10 19:10:34-04

As a Category 2 storm, Hurricane Irma has been wreaking havoc on the western coast of Florida.

Irma ripped away from the Florida Keys Sunday afternoon, and made a second landfall at Marco Island on Florida's Gulf Coast.

NewsChannel5's Dan Kennedy and photojournalist Catherine Steward have been in West Palm Beach, where people were being rescued from rising waters.

Around 5:20 p.m. Sunday, the National Hurricane Center reported water levels were rising rapidly in Naples from Hurricane Irma's storm surge. A federal tide gauge in Naples reported a seven-foot rise of water in just 90 minutes.

A wind gust of 142 miles per hour was recorded at the Naples Municipal Airport as the storm kept its top sustained wind speed of 110 miles per hour.

Irma has picked up forward speed and was moving inland at 14 miles per hour, and its eye was about 25 miles south/southeast of Fort Myers around 5 p.m. Sunday.