'Resist the urge': Daredevils warned not to take selfies in 125mph gales as Hurricane Irma batters Florida

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Thrill seekers have been warned to “resist the urge” to brave 125mph winds to take selfies as Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida.

Meteorologist Juston Drake was filmed attempting to stand up as 125mph winds lashed Saddlebunch Keys, off Florida’s mainland.

Mr Drake donned a paintball mask and raincoat as he was blown backwards by the Category 4 storm’s destructive gales

Writing on Twitter, where he describes himself as a storm chaser, Mr Drake said he “had to go out and test the winds in the eyewall of Irma.”

Others were pictured taking selfies and throwing their arms open to experience the full force of the wind as torrential rain hammered the US mainland.

Defiant: A man braves the elements in Miami as hundreds of thousands of people evacuate Florida (EPA)

A motorcyclist was snapped taking a ride through the storm-hit Sunshine State.

While a daredevil kitesurfer was labelled an “idiot” after he hit the waves of Miami Beach as deadly Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida.

Dangerous actions: A motorcyclist rides through wind and rain as Irma makes landfall in Florida (Getty Images)

Key West Police urged anyone riding out the storm in that city to “resist the urge” to go outside during the eye, the deceptively calm interlude in the middle of a hurricane.

“Dangerous winds will follow quickly,” police said in a Facebook post.

Irma claimed 24 victims as she laid waste to the Caribbean.

A further four people are believed to have died in Florida with one man killed in a pickup truck crash caused by the weather, police said.

Risky snap: A man takes a picture as fierce winds strike Miami (EPA)

Two other people died in a separate crash in Hardee County while an elderly man is said to have died from natural causes at a hurricane shelter in a school in the city of Marathon on the Keys, US media reported.

More than six million people were told to evacuate their homes and tens of thousands of people are currently holed up in shelters in anticipation for the destruction.

MSNBC reporter in Miami

More than one million homes and businesses were left without power as the storm pummelled cables.

Officials from Florida Power and Light said it could take weeks for electricity systems to be fully restored. 

Forecasters warned tornadoes are also expected to continue sweeping through a large swathe of south Florida.

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