People in Florida and South Florida who can evacuate their homes, businesses and businesses are being urged to do so as the powerful hurricane continues to ravage the region.
Officials in the Florida Keys are calling on residents to evacuate as soon as possible.
There are no official evacuation orders for the Keys and there are reports of some areas being shut down.
The Keys have been in the path of Hurricane Irene for much of the year, with the storm making landfall in January.
“The Keys will be in a very dangerous area for a couple of days, but then it’ll be much easier to move people back into their homes,” said Joe Ritchie, the chief of the Florida Emergency Management Agency.
Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands on Saturday.