Hurricane Irma: All the latest updates from South Florida

Hurricane Irma is on South Florida’s doorstep. Stay with the Miami Herald for all the latest news on Saturday.

Purdy Lounge: ‘We will survive’

7:38 a.m.: Purdy Lounge has a message for Miami Beach: We will survive. Since opening in summer 2000, the liquor-and-music club has outlasted every other retail or restaurant business in South Beach’s Sunset Harbour area, as well as all but a few clubs in South Florida.



“You cannot survive this,” Gov. Scott warns of expected storm surge

7:30 a.m.: Gov. Rick Scott began Saturday morning in Tallahassee with an increasingly dire message for Florida residents in the path of Hurricane Irma.

“This is an unbelievably massive, destructive storm. It’s a killer,” he said during one of a string of morning show appearances as dawn broke at the state Emergency Operations Center.

With the western peninsula now forecast to take the brunt of the storm, Scott urged residents who have been ordered to evacuate to leave immediately.

“Look, it’s getting late,” he told viewers of the “Today Show” on NBC. “If you’re not on the road on the west coast by noon, you need to get to a shelter, get to a friend’s house if you’re in an evacuation zone. Get off the road.”

“The storm surge is what really scares me,” he said on a different morning show. “Potential 12 feet of storm surge.Think about that. … You cannot survive this.”

He added: “You have got to understand: This is different than something like [Hurricane] Andrew. We didn’t get the storm surge in Andrew. This is going to impact both of our coasts. It’s a big, big storm.”

Scott began Saturday with a weather briefing at the state EOC, and then a string of back-to-back interviews with “Good Morning America,” the “Today Show,” “CBS This Morning,” and The Weather Channel.

He departed Tallahassee around 7:30 a.m. to head to Sarasota for a press conference at 9:15 a.m. His schedule for the rest of the day has not yet been released.

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Gov. Rick Scott reviews his talking points on the state’s preparations for Hurricane Irma with his press secretary, Lauren Schenone, in between national morning show appearances outside the state Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee on Sept. 9, 2017.

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Some in “horror movie” Key West refusing to leave

7:25 a.m.: Key West’s last stand felt like a horror movie, one where the small town emptied by some looming apocalypse leaves a small band of stragglers questioning their own logic and sanity.

A local man burst into the aptly named Conch Farm bar, where Martin Liz and a few longtime Key West residents gobbled down burgers. The Friday evening hurricane forecast, blaring on TV, projected Irma barreling straight for the island, a stomach-knotting shift from one day earlier.

“You have to get out of town,” the man cried, announcing he was relenting and fleeing. “They’re evacuating all the police and firefighters. They said it’s going to be 30-foot storm surge — with waves on top of that.”

At the bar, an old man with a pirate’s crusty beard, grunted with absurd timing. “Isn’t that a tsunami?”

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