Deadly Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall in the Florida Keys early Sunday before moving up the Gulf Coast on a rare course for Tampa Bay.
Follow along for updates (all times EDT):
2 a.m. Storm upgraded to Category 4
The National Hurricane Center has upgraded the strength of Hurricane Irma back to Category 4, with sustained winds of 130 mph.
Irma is continuing her path toward the Florida Keys in a northwest direction at 6 mph.
1:40 a.m. Gov. Rick Scott issues safety warning
Florida Governor Rick Scott is reminding his constituents of safety tips if they have stayed in their own homes during Hurricane Irma.
The governor tweeted a reminder for residents who may lose power to avoid using a gas powered generator indoors. That includes the garage.
A gas-powered generator releases exhaust that contains lethal carbon monoxide. All residents who plan on using a gas powered generator are urged to keep the device outdoors.
1:00 a.m. Irma slowly tracks toward the western Florida Keys
Hurricane Irma is continuing its path toward the FLorida Keys early Sunday, going in a north western direction off the coast of Cuba.
Pressure inside Irma has dropped slightly, which could strengthen the storm before it makes landfall Sunday morning.
The National Weather Service says a 79 mph wind gust registered in Key West Florida early Sunday morning. Residents are urged to continue to shelter in place.
12:00 am Irma’s track shifts to the west
The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Irma’s track has shifted slightly to the west. Irma is currently producing gusty winds in the Florida Keys.
“Now is the time to urgently hide from the wind,” National Weather Service says in advisory for Key West, Florida.
Irma is sitting…