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Irma departs Keys, heads for southwest Florida coast
A group of people wait for room assignments Friday at a shelter in the cafeteria of Pizzo Elementary School in Tampa. (JIM WATSON/AFP)

Hurricane Irma is leaving the Florida Keys, headed for the southwest coast of Florida, the National Hurricane Center said in a noon update on the storm’s path.

At Fowey Rocks, a lighthouse off the coast of Miami, 75 mph sustained winds and an 87 mph gusts were recorded. At Pembroke Pines, northwest inland from Miami, the wind gusted to 109 mph.

All along Florida’s west coast, officials are bracing for the worst.

“We know we are ground zero for this storm,” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckthorn wrote on Twitter. “We have avoided it for 90 years but our time has come to be ready … Be prepared for a storm that we’ve never seen before.”

Hurricane Irma: Storm moves north after pounding Florida
Heavy winds and rain are seen in Miami on Sunday. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Irma, the record-setting hurricane that devastated islands across the Caribbean, has been churning north through Florida — and has turned its sights on Georgia.

Visit the Capital Weather Gang’s live updates page for more on the storm.

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