Several Florida cities are in or near the forecast path of the storm's eye.
"The threat of catastrophic storm surge flooding is highest along the southwest coast of Florida, where 10 to 15 feet of inundation above ground level is expected", the hurricane center said.
"It has become something a little out of my control", said the 22-year-old.
The NWS warns areas of Florida covered by the hurricane warning could be uninhabitable for weeks or months. "These rain bands will drop 2-3" inches an hour, and train over the same areas. Florida International played a neutral-site game in Birmingham, Alabama, on Friday and Florida Atlantic played at Wisconsin on Saturday. It was likely to regain Category 4 status before striking Florida, said NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen.
Now it is demolished, left desolate and unrecognizable by Hurricane Irma.
"Pray, pray for everybody in Florida", Governor Rick Scott said on Fox News.
"We believe at this time they (the deaths) may be related to the loss of power in the storm".
As the nation's eyes turned to follow Irma up the west coast of Florida, the Keys began to take in the immensity of the damage done.
Andrea Prather, a singer from the Gulf Coast city of Fort Myers, said she was confident that she would stay safe on the 25th floor of her high-rise building.
Forecasters say it kills more people than the strong winds. "I was like, 'OK this is not good, '" she said.
The National Weather Service in Atlanta issued a tropical storm watch for the area Monday and Tuesday. "This is what we do".
"A very dangerous day is unfolding in the Florida Keys and much of West Florida", senior hurricane specialist Michael Brennan said.
More than a quarter of Florida's population was ordered to evacuate-about 6.4 million people.
In Palm Beach, President Donald Trump's waterfront Mar-a-Lago estate was under evacuation order.
The island was a Caribbean getaway surrounded by turquoise water.
Irma was already whipping south Florida with winds on Saturday, and the governor said thousands of people were without power. It's the most direct action plan to fight climate change and extreme weather yet, because what could be more hands-on than literally fighting climate change?
FAU athletic director Patrick Chun said returning Monday is a possibility, and thanked Wisconsin for offering to host the Owls for as long as they need. "When you go in there, you don't know if you're going to come out". "She's tracking us, that feisty minx", Cardona said by phone.
The Ministry of Defence said their priority was "establishing security and law and order before providing humanitarian assistance before the arrival of Hurricane Jose".
Irma is located about 40 miles south-southeast of Key West, FL, moving northwest at 8 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
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