Irma continues to batter South Florida as it slowly trudges up the west coast of the state at 12 mph toward Naples and Ft. Myers on a path to southwest Georgia and Alabama, according to the National Hurricane Center's 2 p.m. update.
The storm was 70 miles south of Ft. Myers at 2 p.m. and was still producing 120 mph, Category 3-force winds. Hurricane force winds extended 80 miles out from the center of the storm.
Water and sewer service was shut down at 2 p.m. on St. Simons and Jekyll islands to mitigate the impacts caused by anticipated storm surge flooding.
As the storm churned closer to north Florida, the impacts of the massive hurricane were beginning to be felt in Glynn County at 2 p.m. County emergency management officials urged residents to shelter in place as the storm approaches because winds could get as high as 60 mph with gusts that are stronger. Several inches of rain are also expected along with a 4-6 foot storm surge.
Glynn County is under a Tropical Storm warning, storm surge watch, hurricane watch and flash flood watch.
Evacuees who were taken through the Need a Ride program to Columbus were being prepped for a power outage at the Columbus Civic Center. Irma's shift west in the past two days has put Columbus in the storm's path.