Hurricane Irma devastates western coast of Florida

ABC News' David Muir reports from Naples, Florida, where winds from Irma topped 142 mph and a door at a local shelter cracked under pressure from the wind.
4:19 | 09/11/17

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To "World news tonight" anchor David Muir leading our coverage and he is there in Naples where they received the bankrupt of the hurricane Sunday. Are you getting a sense of the damage there now? Reporter: Yeah, at first light, robin, as you knew would be the case. Take a look behind me. You did see the extent of hurricane Irma. In fact, the highest wind gust reported from the storm in Naples, 14 miles per hour and see this apartment building, those of these families likely evacuated during the storm but will find their cars are completely damaged. The state emergency chief saying this morning we cannot have the full extent of this damage until they're able to go out but warn everyone to stay inside after the storm. Take a look at this drone video right out of Naples overnight and this gives you an idea of the water from the storm surge. The mayor here was relieved it was not as big as expected. They were forecasting 10 to 15 feet but still it brought a lot of water into Naples and streets underwater this morning and take a look at what it was like as hurricane Irma beared down on us right here coming right over where our location was. 400-mile wide storm moving up the coast of Florida making a second landfall on Marco island. Look at this. This is just incredible. The hurricane then moving slightly up the coast hitting us he in Naples after 4:00 P.M. The hurricane hovering right above. We are blocked by two sort of concrete barriers which is the only reason we're able to talk. It feels like you're being blasted with a firehouse. Now the rains are coming in sideways here and the winds just continue to pick up. Reporter: The highest wind gusts from hurricane Irma here in Florida, 142 miles per hour. There's a giant vacuum sucking everything out. Reporter: Naples residents rushing to shelters. This mother and daughter and granddaughter making it just in time. Pandemonium. We were nervous, scared. Reporter: The shelter door cracking under the pressure as the National Guard taped up the glass. People clearing the front doors bracing for impact. They actually just cleared out this whole area. It was packed with people just in awe watching the winds just pick up. Reporter: For a time our own team seeking shelter in a stairwell. This is what happens when these buildings and just be careful, Tom. The awnings on the outside of the building are crashing down breaking these windows inside the hotel. But hurricane Irma was not finished yet. Continuing on her northward path, ft. Myers next. Tom llamas was there. Reporter: Hurricane Irma is right over us and I'm concerned about the projectiles but at this hour ft. Myers is getting absolutely ripped apart. Reporter: At 11:00 P.M. The storm was centered 50 miles southeast of Tampa. The mayor of that city said they were about to be tested. We have a densely populated area, some 3 million people who are now either need to be out of here or they need to be hunkered down. Reporter: The eye wall of the storm containing the storm's ferocious and violent winds then passing over Sarasota. For Sarasota for Tampa bay, the wind is blowing offshore with the current track so there is no storm surge here yet but hopefully folks are in shelter and away from the water. Reporter: This morning, Sarasota is still on high alert. Amid storm surge warnings up the coast. So many of these families have Y yet to come home and see the damage. I remember being in the Superdome in Katrina as that storm barreled through the roof, sort of ripping off as we were all inside and I can only imagine what it was like for the thousands of floridians inside these shelters throughout the state and that track shifted very quickly over the weekend, many people had to very hurriedly get out of their homes and to the nearest shelter. What was it like being in that high-rise? Reporter: It was stunning to see on the balcony protected but the top of the roof began coming off and tiles going through the air and that's when we went in the stairwell and as ginger and rob predicted the eye was over us and this lull in the storm. Sort of extraordinary to see the science overhead and should point out nearly 6 million people in Florida without power this morning and likely waiting to come home to see the damage. Yeah, that number could grow. David, thank you.

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