VIDEO: Hurricane Irma Set To Strengthen As Storm Approaches Florida

By  //  September 9, 2017

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ABOVE VIDEO: Fox News meteorologist shares an update as hurricane begins to turn toward Florida.

FLORIDA (FOX NEWS) – Hurricane Irma was downgraded to a Category 3 storm shortly before noon Saturday after its maximum sustained winds weakened to 125 mph, but it was expected to strengthen before moving toward southwest Florida on Sunday. 

The National Hurricane Center said Irma was continuing to slam the north coast of Cuba Saturday but had weakened slightly. As of  2:00 p.m. EDT, the storm was located about 145 miles southeast of Key West, Fla.

The storm’s center was expected to pass through the Florida Keys around 8 a.m. ET Sunday. The center said there were threats of brief tornadoes.

The center warned that major hurricane-force winds were expected to in the Florida Keys Sunday morning. The storm was expected to dump about 8 to 15 inches of rain in some areas.

Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Rick Scott warned residents Saturday that the storm surge from Hurricane Irma could “cover your house” and ultimately kill you as he urged Floridians to evacuate immediately.