Updated: 4:55 p.m. EST

(Bloomberg) – Hurricane Irma smashed into Florida as apowerful Category 4 storm, driving a wall of water and violentwinds ashore and marking the first time since 1964 the U.S. was hitby back-to-back major hurricanes.

The storm's eye moved over the lower Florida Keys at about 9a.m. on Sunday with top winds of 130 miles (209 kilometers) perhour, the U.S. National HurricaneCenter said. After Irma rakes Florida's west coast, it may keepmoving north across Georgia and Alabama.

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