>> After devouring the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma is now setting her sights squarely on Florida. The National Hurricane Center issuing a hurricane watch Thursday for the entire southern end of the state. Florida Governor, Rick Scott, issuing a grave warning.>> Look at the size of this storm, it's huge.
It's wider than our entire state and could cause major and life-threatening impacts on both coasts, coast to coast. Every Floridian, every family, should take this seriously and be aggressive. You've got to protect your family.>> Irma, still a Category 5 storm and one of the biggest ever recorded in the Atlantic, packing winds of 175 miles per hour.
It's expected to slam Florida with a huge storm surge that could bring water five to ten feet above ground level.>> This is huge, it's really huge. And these surges by the beach, the water's gonna come up really high. You could get trapped in your homes. It's really scary.
>> President Trump expressing concern from the White House.>> And these horrible things that we call hurricanes. This is something that is probably bigger, not as much water, but much more power than Harvey.>> Many of the 6 million residents on Florida's heavily populated East Coast are seeking safer shelter.
The sheer size of that exodus clogging roads and draining gas stations. Tracking company GasBuddy reporting 43% of stations in the Miami area and one-third in West Palm Beach and Tampa are out of gas. The governor ordering police escorts for station refueling trucks so gasoline replenishments can get through quicker.
Citizens definitely taking heed to warnings this storm is even more ferocious than Hurricane Andrew 25 years ago. Andrew, a Category 5 storm when it hit, devastated Florida and is still on record as one of the costliest storms in US history. The effects of this hurricane could start being felt in in the Sunshine State as early as Friday.
And some companies taking no chances. Florida P&L shutting down two nuclear plants, and SpaceX sending its latest rocket to space early to beat out the destruction likely to come.