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On Florida's west coast, Charley Ball said he expected a storm surge to engulf the entire island of Sanibel, an affluent community where he lives and operates a painting company.
In the storm's aftermath, people walked through ankle-deep water in Caibarien, a Cuban fishing town where streets were flooded and covered in seaweed.
Two others were born at the hospital Saturday afternoon.
But, the state's governor Rick Scott dramatically told a press conference today that staying within the evacuation zone, which includes much of Miami-Dade county, could prove fatal.
A new and experimental map from the hurricane center, showing potential storm surge flooding, explains the reason for the concern.
Hurricane Irma could cause insurance losses of between $15 billion and $50 billion in the United States, catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide said.
Monahan said she wants to ensure that things are running smoothly at her farm and that her cows will deliver their calves safely later this month.
The precautions that need to be taken are the exact same that come to mind when sheltering for a tornado - but this only applies to residents who will not encounter a damaging storm surge.
Players from the Red Sox, Rays, Panthers and Boston Bruins will help run a collection for Irma relief at Fenway Park before and during the Red Sox-Rays game on Sunday.
"If you own a power washer ... imagine taking it in the face", said CNN's Bill Weir of the torrential rain in Key Largo, some 70 miles south of Miami.
Portions of Interstates 75 and 95 had bumper-to-bumper traffic as masses heeded evacuation orders and fled north, leading to gas shortages and gridlock.
"It's going to be very eerie on Sunday when, if it's projected to hit at that point, that we're in the middle of playing a ballgame", Rays manager Kevin Cash said. It was likely to regain Category 4 status before striking Florida, said NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen.
The mass evacuation underway in Florida and Georgia is unprecedented, comprising millions of affected residents, and the effort has been ongoing for days.
The wind began picking up in St. Petersburg, some 400 miles north the Keys, and people started bracing for the onslaught. We had to come here and it was our responsibility to focus on the game and play well.
Florida is bracing for the full impact of Hurricane Irma.
ASTONISHING footage shows a man being flattened as he stops to film colossal waves caused Hurricane Irma as the megastorm barrels towards the US mainland. Authorities are pleading with citizens to get into a safe area - but it may be too late already.