"Not tonight, right now once the storm hits, remember law enforcement can't save you", he said. As much as 20 inches of rain was predicted through Wednesday across the Florida peninsula and southeast Georgia.
And there's plenty more to come as the storm climbs the coast toward Tampa.
As we near the storm's peak later Sunday night into early Monday, it is important to shelter in place and STAY OFF THE ROADS. "Win the game, then focus on everything else".
The briefing the President received at Camp David caused Trump "great concern" because, as the hurricane moves up the west coast of the state, the storm surge could result in deaths, Pence told CNN. This storm is coming.
"We didn't know if we'd have an opportunity to even get gas", Naples resident Gina Fischer said.
North of the Everglades lies Naples, an upscale town of about 22,000 that is also the home of the Florida governor. Schools in the state planned to close Monday.
The worst of Irma was just starting to arrive in Florida on Saturday, but the storm has already created big problems for sports teams all around the state. "It has become something a little out of my control". No injuries have been reported.
Almost 6.3 million people were ordered to evacuate before Irma reached Florida.
Neighbors said they were ready to evacuate Saturday but emergency officials never asked them to leave.
Gusts topping 90 mph whipped Miami on Sunday, knocking out power to more than 750,000 customers in the Miami-Dade area. One swung vigorously over downtown Miami.
Waves crash over a seawall at the mouth of the Miami River from Biscayne Bay. The White House released a video of his remarks.
"There is no seawall whatsoever", Spuler said.
It's not a wall of water or a tsunami.
Antonio Wilson stayed in his 16th-floor condo in Miami, watching the waters rise below.
This is the the first year on record that the continental US has had two Category 4 hurricane landfalls in the same year.
The storm has left hundreds of thousands without power in Florida, with tens of thousands bracing for in shelters.
The surge helped destroy nearly half the structures along a 40-mile stretch of the Florida Keys during the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, which killed over 400 people, including World War I veterans working on a railway project.
Florida's Department of Environmental Protection said it would be testing groundwater as soon as it's safe to do so after the storm. "And you put your life in your own hands by not evacuating".
By late Saturday afternoon, Irma had slightly switched directions to the west, with winds at about 125 miles per hour. Affected states include Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don and Emily have all been used for tropical storms.
The Weather Authority continues to emphasize that dangerous conditions extend well out away from the eye. "We're hoping for the best - we've bought nonperishable foods and water, and we have a flashlight".
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