As the eye of Hurricane Irma passes directly over Naples, Fla., the real destruction is just beginning as what's called the eyewall - typically the most devastating part of the storm - moves directly overhead.

?rma kas?rgas? Miami'ye ula?m??. 3 sene önce buradayd?m bi garip oldum

— E?ref Ferid Bey (@Bakkalsosyal) September 10, 2017

Meteorologists had warned that a dangerous “storm surge” would rock Naples and much of the state’s southwestern coast as the eye of the storm moves northward, potentially causing water levels in the city to rise as high as 15 feet…

…Well, it looks like the surge has been even more intense than experts and authorities had expected: The water in Naples has risen an astonishing seven feet in just 90 minutes, according to a NOAA tide gauge. The surge has been driven by sustained winds of 110 mph, and gusts as strong as 142 mph recorded at the Naples Municipal Airport.

The water is rising much more quickly than expected...


#HurricaneIrma: Since the eye of #Irma has passed Naples, FL, the water has risen 8 ft in the past 2 hrs and continues to rise. #StormSurge

— Severe Weather MS (@SevereWeatherMS) September 10, 2017


Earlier, the NHC - not to mention Gov. Rick Scott - warned residents about the possibility that water levels could climb rapidly.

Urgent warning about the rapid rise of water on the SW FL coast with the passage of #Irma's eye. MOVE AWAY FROM THE WATER! @NWSMiami

— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) September 10, 2017

Irma has picked up speed and is moving inland at 14 mph (22 kph) and its eye is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south southeast of Fort Myers. According to CNN, the storm is expected to track along the western coast, clipping Fort Myers before making its way to Tampa.


Images from inside the city show streets completely flooded and the lower floors of houses underwater.

Miami hoje... #HurricaneIrma

— @GeizeStella (@GeizeStella) September 10, 2017