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Hurricane Irma, downgraded to a Category 3 storm ahead of its expected Sunday landfall, has shifted west. Floridians are preparing and bracing for the impact across South Florida, on both west and east coasts.
As of Saturday afternoon, the storm was considered “extrememly dangerous,” according to the National Hurricane Center.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency. Officials imposed mandatory evacuation orders, affecting 5.6 million Florida citizens, including parts of the Miami metro area and the Florida Keys.
Scott said Irma is “powerful and deadly” and will likely be a storm as bad as, if not worse than, Hurricane Andrew was 25 years ago.
With the storm’s shift to the west, Irma is taking aim at the Tampa region. Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay were shuttering their parks Saturday evening and planned to remain closed Sunday and Monday.
As they braced for impact, many Floridians took to social media to share how they were getting prepared.
Don’t take chances with your safety- if you are in an evacuation zone, LEAVE NOW. For evacuation routes visit https://t.co/PdBTDyGQxH
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) September 9, 2017
Waiting for Irma pic.twitter.com/kmizJA7Jxa
— Jorge R Rodriguez B (@Jorgerod10) September 9, 2017
Irma’s lurking…���� pic.twitter.com/gz81DlmA5F
— Anthony Rhoades (@AnthonyJRhoades) September 9, 2017
— Jason Compton (@jasonr_c) September 9, 2017
— Laz (@CutlerRidgeLAZ) September 9, 2017
— Amanda Plasencia (@AmandaNBC6) September 9, 2017
— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) September 9, 2017
— Rick (@RickFla) September 9, 2017
Boarded up 3 houses in 3 days, Irma prep is all done and I’m ready to rock. Time for football and good beer pic.twitter.com/sePltvO0MI
— GOSEface Killah (@RodMahoney) September 9, 2017
— Shared Motivation (@SharedMotivati1) September 9, 2017
— Justin Nelson (@JustinNelsonATT) September 8, 2017
— HumaneSociety_Naples (@HSNaples) September 9, 2017
Reasonably calm this Saturday evening. That will change tomorrow into Monday when Irma moves through. If we have power I’ll tweet afterwards pic.twitter.com/zILqGb4Bhw
— Will Turc (@WillTurc) September 9, 2017
irma got me worried �� pic.twitter.com/ZDjwzeJDgE
— Leo (@trapasio25) September 9, 2017
— Adrian Hayes-Santos (@aHaySan) September 9, 2017
— Emi (@EmiForLove) September 9, 2017
WATCH: Video shows strong wind and waves in Miami, Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma’s landfall pic.twitter.com/OHVRgBb2aD
— Boo (@P4tR10tBoo) September 9, 2017
— ratzenburguer (@pokejavin) September 9, 2017
Irma making moves already pic.twitter.com/UTRt9i6RFk
— Chumster (@Kelera16) September 9, 2017
— Right Voice Now (@rightvoicenow) September 9, 2017
— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) September 9, 2017
— NASA (@NASA) September 9, 2017
***THIS IS AS REAL AS IT GETS***
***NOWHERE IN THE FLORIDA KEYS WILL BE SAFE***
***YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO EVACUATE***
— NWS Key West (@NWSKeyWest) September 8, 2017