Hurricane Irma Strikes Florida, Jose at Category 4

MAP - Hurricane Irma - September 10, 2017

Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys this morning with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, making it a category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Hurricane-force winds extend 80 miles from the center of the storm while tropical storm-force wind reaches outward 220 miles. A 120-mph gust was reported on Big Pine Key while Miami International Airport had sustained winds around 60 mph and gusts approaching 100 mph.

Hurricane Irma Will Strike Florida Tonight

MAP - Hurricane Irma 200 miles south of Naples, Florida - NWS

Hurricane Irma, which earlier this week battered U.S. territories Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, is expected to hit Florida's west coast later tonight.

Irma is currently a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, with sustained winds of 125 miles per hour, and is located along the northern coast of Cuba. As it begins to turn northward toward Florida, the storm is expected to re-strengthen. Earlier this week, the storm fluctuated between categories 4 and 5.

Colorado Sends Nearly 50 People to Assist with Hurricane Irma

PICT Colorado Team Heading to Hurricane Irma - DHSEM

This week, Colorado sent nearly 50 people to Florida and Georgia to help with the potential impacts of Hurricane Irma, which is making its way toward the west coast of the state.

Saturday morning, 24 emergency managers departed for Florida in response to a request for assistance from the state ahead of the storm. They will form four teams and head to county emergency operations centers to help oversee the response to expected damage.

Hurricane Irma Continues Track Toward Florida

MAP Hurricane Wind Speeds September 8, 2017

Hurricane Irma is remaining on a projected course that will take it to the Florida Keys as a major hurricane by early Sunday.

The storm, currently classified as category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, is north of Cuba. The path, which may be subject to significant revisions over the coming days, takes Irma northwest along the Cuban coast before turning to a more northerly course that will pass over the Keys Sunday and then across the central Florida peninsula as a somewhat weakened hurricane through Monday.

Hurricane Irma Projected to Hit Florida this Weekend

MAP - Hurricane Irma Path - September 6, 2017

Hurricane Irma continues its path through the Caribbean today as a category 5 storm - a major hurricane - with sustained winds of 185 miles per hour.

Irma is expected to bring life-threatening wind, storm surge and rainfall that could produce flooding and mudslides to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico later Wednesday. Hurricane warnings are in effect for those areas, and officials warn that preparations for the storm's impacts should be completed quickly.

Hurricane Irma Reaches Category 5 – Continuing Toward US

MAP - Hurricane Irma Path - September 6, 2017

Hurricane Irma continued to strengthen overnight and has now reached Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale with sustained winds at 175 miles per hour. While the storm's strength will fluctuate, it is expected to remain a Category 4 or 5 storm for several days.

The storm formed over the Atlantic Ocean last week, and rapidly became a major hurricane - those storms reaching Category 3 and above - as it tracks west.