Recently planted palm trees lie strewn across the road as Hurricane Irma passes by, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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A monster Hurricane Irma roared into Florida with 210 kph winds Sunday for what could be a sustained assault on nearly the entire Sunshine State, flooding streets, knocking out power to more than 2 million homes and businesses and snapping massive construction cranes over the Miami skyline.Irma struck as a Category 4 but by midafternoon had weakened to a Category 3 with still-fearsome 190 kph winds and heavy rain.While the projected track showed Irma raking the state's Gulf Coast, forecasters warned that the entire state – including the Miami metropolitan area of 6 million people was in danger because of the sheer size of the storm.Nearly 7 million people in the Southeast were warned to evacuate, including 6.4 million in Florida alone. About 30,000 people heeded orders to leave the Keys as the storm closed in.Irma at one time was the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the open Atlantic, a Category 5 with a peak wind speed of 300 kph.
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