South Florida Feeling Effects of Approaching Hurricane Irma

Early Saturday morning, parts of South Florida were feeling the effects of Hurricane Irma as the category 5 storm crawled across the Florida Straits.

The first batch of outer bands brought wind gusts of up to 50 mph and rain along Miami Beach, Downtown Miami and Southern Miami-Dade. Irma was not expected to make landfall until late Saturday.

As of 1:30 a.m. Saturday, thousands of residents in South Florida lost power due to windy conditions. In Miami-Dade, 10,596 residents were in the dark and 592 people in Broward were without power, according to FPL.