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Irma weakens to Cat. 2 after 2nd landfall near Florida's Marco Island; 3.3M lose power

Waves crash over a seawall at the mouth of the Miami River from Biscayne Bay, Fla., as Hurricane Irma passes by, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Hurricane Irma made its second landfall in Southwest Florida as a Category 3 storm around 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday, producing street-flooding storm surges and leaving 2 million without power.

Now a Category 2 storm, Irma nonetheless continues to break records with 100+ mph winds and heavy rain.

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"Pray, pray for everybody in Florida," Gov. Rick Scott said on "Fox News Sunday" as some 116,000 people statewide huddled in shelters.

MARCO ISLAND PUMMELED

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Irma's powerful eye roared ashore at Marco Island just south of Naples with 115-mph winds, for a second U.S. landfall at 3:35 p.m. Sunday.

A 130 mph wind gust was reported by the Marco Island Police Department.

Irma's second U.S. landfall tied for the 21st strongest landfall based on central pressure.

FLOOD WARNINGS ISSUED

Flash flood and tornado warnings have been issued throughout the state.

In Naples, Marco Island, Chokoloskee and Everglades City, National Weather Service officials say a "catastrophic surge" is imminent.

Waters have been rising across the state since Irma's first landfall.

NOW CATEGORY 2

Hurricane Irma weakened to a Category 2 storm, technically losing its major hurricane status, around 5 p.m. ET Sunday.

According to the National Hurricane Center, "although weakening is forecast, Irma is expected to remain a hurricane at least through Monday morning."

Experts predict Irma will hug Florida's west coast through Monday morning before moving more inland Monday afternoon.

3.3M WITHOUT POWER

More than 3.3 million customers have lost power in Florida with Hurricane Irma's arrival, according to The Associated Press.

Around 845,000 of those customers are in Miami-Dade County.

The power companies say they have extra crews on hand to try to restore power — but not until it becomes safe to do so.

TAMPA BAY DRY

Hurricane Irma has pushed water out of a bay in Tampa, but forecasters are telling people not to venture out there, because it's going to return with a potentially deadly vengeance.

Hurricane Irma's winds and low tide have pushed the water unusually far from its normal position Sunday.

The U.S. Hurricane Center has sent out an urgent alert warning of a "life-threatening storm surge inundation of 10 to 15 feet (3 to 5 meters) above ground level" and telling people to "MOVE AWAY FROM THE WATER!"

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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