MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Hurricane Irma, which has made landfall in Marco Island on the southwest coast of the US state of Florida, will cause life-threatening wind and storm surge, the US National Hurricane Service (NHC) said.
"#Irma will bring life-threatening wind and storm surge to the FL Keys and much of central and western FL tonight and Monday," the NHC wrote on its Twitter page.
The meteorologists added that the hurricane was likely to bring heavy rains, which would cause flooding in the most parts of Florida.
"#Irma is expected to bring heavy rainfall and flooding to much of Florida and portions of the southeast U.S. over the next few days," the NHC said.
The US National Weather Service reported that water level in Florida's southwestern town of Naples hit by the Hurricane Irma was rapidly rising, and increased by 7 foot in an hour and half.
"A NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] tide gauge in Naples just measured a water level of 2.2 feet above Mean Higher High Water, which is a 7 foot increase over the past hour and a half," the meteorologists said Sunday.
The NWS added that a wind gust of 142 miles per hour had been recently reported at the Naples Municipal Airport.