After battering a string of Caribbean islands since its first landfall in Barbuda on September 6, Hurricane Irma made landfall on Cuba’s northern coast as a Category 5 storm on September 8. Irma weakened to Category 3 as it interacted with land, but reintensified to a Category 4 storm as it turned north toward Florida. Irma's center crossed the lower Florida Keys on September 10, making a first U.S. landfall on Cudjoe Key at Category 4 strength, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. The storm weakened to Category 3 status before it made its second landfall on Marco Island on the southwest coast of Florida.
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