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Flee now, Floridians are told

5.6 million people get order to go as Irma strengthens

By Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

This article was published September 9, 2017 at 4:50 a.m.

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Lilimar Garcia loads sandbags in her vehicle Friday in Orlando, Fla., ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irma. Lines stretched for miles and people waited several hours to get the sandbags.

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People swarm a Miami store Friday to get supplies and wood to secure their property.

Cira Delia Rodriguez and her husband, Jesus Mundia, wait for a bus Friday to take them out of Miami Beach.

A map showing Irma's projected path.

Lucita Leonce, 71, salvages what she can from her fooded home Friday in Fort-Liberte, Haiti, after Hurricane Irma’s rain and wind blew through.

Brad Whistler (top) and Mike Judge work to secure Judge’s catamaran Friday at the Clearwater Beach Municipal Marina.

Evacuation traffic crawls Friday along the northbound lanes of Florida’s turnpike near Interstate 75 in Wildwood, Fla.

Comparing Hurricane Irma with Hurricane Andrew.

As Hurricane Irma trained its sights on Florida, officials warned more than 5 million people Friday that time was running out and ordered them to evacuate ahead of the deadly hurricane as it followed a path that could take it from one end of the state to the other.

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Photos by The Associated Press

People swarm a Miami store Friday to get supplies and wood to secure their property.

Cira Delia Rodriguez and her husband, Jesus Mundia, wait for a bus Friday to take them out of Miami Beach.

A map showing Irma's projected path.

Lucita Leonce, 71, salvages what she can from her fooded home Friday in Fort-Liberte, Haiti, after Hurricane Irma’s rain and wind blew through.

Brad Whistler (top) and Mike Judge work to secure Judge’s catamaran Friday at the Clearwater Beach Municipal Marina.

Evacuation traffic crawls Friday along the northbound lanes of Florida’s turnpike near Interstate 75 in Wildwood, Fla.

Comparing Hurricane Irma with Hurricane Andrew.

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