A vast majority of the state has experienced sustained storm force winds. Irma will continue to make it's way up Florida's west coast, impacting highly populated communities and leaving destruction in its wake. On our east coast, south Florida is experiencing increased hurricane force wind gusts, coastal flooding, and dangerous seas.
And Northwest Florida will start to feel the impacts of the storm late tonight and early Monday. A vast majority of Florida is under a hurricane warning. Millions of Floridians are being impacted by this storm. There is a serious threat of significant storm surge flooding along the entire West coast of Florida, and this has increased to 15 feet of impact above ground level in Southwest Florida.
We'll also see an increase in flooding of rivers throughout the peninsula. We have seen tornadoes in Central South Florida, and the threat will continue today and tonight. This is a life-threatening situation. Remember, in Southwest Florida, the storm surge comes after the strongest winds. Do not think this storm is over when the wind slows down.
Today, I requested a major disaster declaration from President Trump to help bring important federal resources and aid to Florida.