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A normally busy street in South Beach. Photo: Wilfredo Lee / AP

Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys Sunday morning as a Category 4 storm and as the second major hurricane to hit the United States in two weeks. These numbers show the scale of Irma's devastation in the Caribbean and Florida:

  • More than 40 people have died in the countries affected by the storm, including 7 in Florida and 1 in Georgia
  • 36 million people are in the path of the storm as it prepares to slam Florida's west coast
  • 350 mile-wide hurricane
  • Nearly 6 million without power in Florida — nearly 60% of the state population; close to 1 million have lost power in Georgia
  • 130 mph sustained winds when Irma hit the Florida coast; 142 mph when it hit Naples, Florida
  • 10-foot storm surge recorded in the Keys; 7-foot surge recorded in Naples, Florida
  • 7 million in Florida and Georgia have evacuated
  • 124,000 people are in shelters run by the Red Cross
  • 90% of buildings and vehicles in Barbuda destroyed
  • 66% of gas stations in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area have no fuel
  • More than 5,000 flights have been canceled as a result of the storm

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