No sooner did I hypothesize the eye had strengthened than we received a report from the Marco Island (circled) Emergency Operations Center (via NWS) of a 130 mph gust measured there.
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Extreme winds are now in the Naples area, moving slowly north.
3:10pm EDT. NWS has issued a flash flood EMERGENCY below for the area in green due to the extreme and rapidly growing storm surge. This is a life-threatening situation!
At 3:20pm, radar is measuring (right) 136 mph winds.
See below (3:32p Eastern). Winds will increase in Naples.