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Florida Gov. Rick Scott warned residents about the potential dangers from Hurricane Irma Wednesday, saying the Category 5 storm could be more dangerous than 1992’s Hurricane Andrew.
“This storm is bigger, faster and stronger than Hurricane Andrew,” Gov. Scott said at a news conference in the Florida Keys. “We are being very aggressive in our preparation for this storm and every Floridian should take this seriously and be aggressive to protect their family.”
Gov. Scott spoke as mandatory evacuations were underway in Monroe County for visitors and hours before the evacuation was set to go into effect for residents.
“It is important not to focus on the exact path of the storm, a storm of this size could have effects statewide and everyone must be prepared,” Gov. Scott said. “If you’re told to evacuate, get out quickly.”