MIAMI – Parts of the city of Miami are under water as Hurricane Irma heads for mainland Florida, triggering storm surges across the south of the state.
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The category four storm with sustained winds up to 130mph (209km/h) moved away from the Florida Keys and should make landfall on the west coast in hours.
About 2ft (60cm) of flood water has been seen in the city’s financial district, where one major street resembled a river.
More than one million homes are without power.
More than 6.3 million people in Florida were told to evacuate, with warnings of a “life-threatening” storm surge.