Hurricane Irma continues to make its way north as a Category 4 storm this morning. Palm Beach County is expected to get tropical storm-force winds this morning.
Follow all of the news for Sun., Sept. 10 about Hurricane Irma.
Update, 6:55 a.m.: News and notes from south county:
Update, 6:27 a.m.: A tornado warning for areas of Palm Beach County including Boynton Beach, Wellington and the Acreage is in effect until 7 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.
Update, 6 a.m.: The state’s dominant utility began the day Hurricane Irma was to make landfall in Southwest Florida with more than 300,000 people without electrical power.
As of 6 a.m. Sunday, 317,440 Florida Power & Light customers were without power in its 35-county territory, with outages reported clockwise around Florida from north of Jacksonville to the Keys to Tampa Bay. Meanwhile, FPL had restored 202, 120 customers’ power since midnight Saturday.
In Palm Beach County, 22,540 FPL customers had no power, while 38,770 had power restored.
In Broward County, 97,370 customers had outages, while 39,190 had power restored.
Miami-Dade County had the most outages at 191,250, while 97,110 had power restored.
Update, 5:30 a.m.: More than 10 inches of rain associated with Hurricane Irma fell during a four-hour period early Sunday in Fort Pierce, the National Weather Service’s Melbourne office reports.
A 1-mile stretch of U.S. 1 from Orange Avenue to Virginia Avenue was impassable because of flooding.
At 4 a.m., Fort Pierce had already set a record for rainfall on Sept. 10, the weather service said.
Update, 5 a.m.: Hurricane Irma was 40 miles south-southeast of Key West at 5 a.m. with sustained winds of 130 mph.
It is a Category 4 hurricane moving at a crawling 8 mph.
At its 11 p.m. advisory, the National Hurricane Center said Irma’s scrape of the Cuban coastline affected its intensity, dropping its winds to 120 mph temporarily.
Update, 4:50 a.m.: Boynton Beach Police say they found a 23-year-old woman dead due to an overdose. The woman was found at The Inn, on Boynton Beach Boulevard east of Interstate 95.
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Update, 4:30 a.m.: Hurricane Irma was 55 miles south-southeast of Key West at 4 a.m. this morning with sustained winds at 130 mph.
It is a Category 4 hurricane moving at a crawling 6 mph.
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Update, 4:05 a.m.: As of 2 a.m. Sunday, 243,310 Florida Power & Light customers were without power in its 35-county territory, with outages reported clockwise around Florida from north of Jacksonville to the Keys to Tampa Bay.
In Palm Beach County, 28,960 FPL customers had no power.
Update, 3:55 a.m.: A tornado warning has been issued for coastal areas from Boynton Beach south into Broward County and including Delray Beach and Boca Raton.
The warning is in effect until 4:15 a.m.
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Update: 3:30 a.m.: A flash flood warning has been issued for Fort Pierce, White City and other nearby communities in St. Lucie County. It is expected to remain active through 5:15 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.
The weather service says there’s been numerous reports of impassable roads in Fort Pierce along with water entering home.
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