>> The force of Hurricane Irma starting to whiplash the Florida coast Saturday, after ripping through Cuba, with well over 100 miles per hour winds. Reuters correspondent Sarah Marsh is in a popular resort town near Cuba's northern coast.>> Was a first Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in Cuba since 1932, according to state media.
The winds are still extremely strong and dangerous, busting open doors and windows. The hotel and police have been trying to sort of barricade them shut with furniture and plant parts, but they're still creaking at the seam. I spoke to the hotel receptionist who said that she'd experienced many tropical storms but nothing like this.
>> The strongest Atlantic hurricane in more than a century, pounding the Cuban coast, bending trees, tearing roofs off tops of homes and causing catastrophic damage. The Bahamas, lambasted by Irma's fury, as she now shifts westward, putting the Florida Keys in line for direct hit. The death toll climbing to 22 before weakening to a Category 3 storm.
Governor Rick Scott warning Irma is dangerous and can produce a gush of water of up to 15 feet.>> Millions of Floridians will see major hurricane impacts, with deadly, deadly, deadly storm surge and life threatening winds.>> The threat prompting a massive evacuation warning for nearly 6 million Floridians, that's 25% of the state's population.
Some waiting hours to get inside one of the emergency shelters. A shift in Hurricane Irma's direction causing crowds to swell at the airport in Orlando.>> I was just worried about getting out of here, and just how everything just kept changing. We had to scramble around and find flights and it's just chaotic down here.
>> Those choosing to stay already facing challenges. Some 80,000 people out of power, and the full brunt of the storm won't slam into Florida until Sunday. And while Florida braces for that, island nations already decimated are facing the threat of Hurricane Jose, a near Category 5 storm following in Irma's apocalyptic path.