Florida Dwellers Ignore Warnings Risking Their Lives To Take Selfies As Hurricane Irma Batters State


Florida residents are risking their lives to snap selfies as deadly Hurricane Irma batters the state with deadly winds and heavy rain.

People have been condemned for venturing into the monster storm to capture photos or video for their social media feeds.

Local authorities have urged people to stay indoors because they could be hit by flying debris in one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic.

Category four Irma is packing 130mph winds which have snapped trees, damaged homes and brought down a construction crane on top of a high-rise in Miami.

At least three people have already been killed, including a man whose pickup truck crashed into a tree in high winds.



 

A man takes a selfie as Miami is battered by Irma (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

 
A man braves the elements as Irma strikes Miami (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

Residents were ordered to stay indoors (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

Two girls take a selfie as Irma approached Florida yesterday (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

People flocked to beaches yesterday as the conditions deteriorated (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

More than a million homes and business are without electricity as the state braces for potentially catastrophic flooding, with storm surges of 15ft or more predicted.

Irma was heading for the south-west coast of Florida after hitting the Florida Keys, and could make a second landfall near Naples or Fort Myers as it moves north.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the eye and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 220 miles.

A woman snapped a photo along a beach as Irma beared down on Florida yesterday (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

Irma is a category four storm (Image: Getty)

Heavy winds batter Miami (Image: AFP)

The storm is due to move up Florida's west coast (Image: Getty) 


STORM CHASER ALMOST SWEPT OFF HIS FEET BY FEROCIOUS IRMA

The storm surge remains a huge concern in a number of coastal areas.

Entire communities could be inundated with 15ft of water or more.

The National Hurricane Center is predicting a storm surge of 10-15ft from Cape Sable to Ana Maria Island, and up to 10ft in the Florida Keys.


Sailboats are hit by Irma in Miami Beach (Image: REUTERS)

Nearly seven million people were ordered to evacuate (Image: REUTERS) 


TORNADO SPOUT LOOMS OVER FT. LAUDERDALE AS IRMA BATTERS MIAMI

The NHC warned: “The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.”

Nearly seven million people were ordered to leave their homes in one of the largest evacuations in US history.
Irma is expected to cause billions of dollars in damage to the third-most populous state in the US.













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