Miami, Miami Beach order curfews starting Saturday evening

Parts of the city of Miami are under water as Hurricane Irma heads for mainland Florida, triggering storm surges across the south of the state.

“Due to extreme sustained winds rescue teams are no longer able to respond”, the city tweeted.

The northern eye wall of the storm hit the Lower Keys early Sunday morning.

Although Irma has shifted to the west, South Florida will experience powerful winds and possible storm surge.

Miami-Dade County officials are telling residents to stay inside and hunker down until the area is deemed safe.

President Trump said Friday the storm has “absolutely historic destructive potential”. “Four-to-6 feet? We consider it to be life-threatening”.

The City of Miami has ordered their curfew to begin at 7 p.m. Saturday and run through 7 a.m. Sunday.

As of Saturday evening there are nearly 30,000 evacuees settled into 42 Miami-Dade hurricane shelters.

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