Things are looking dire for Florida right now, with Hurricane Irma taking direct aim at the southern end of the state.
Mass evacuations are underway, with 5.6 million residents under MANDATORY evacuation notices. Some people are choosing to go against the warnings and stay in their residences, causing Governor Rick Scott to give an emotional press conference underscoring the gravity of the situation.
Several major news outlets are down in Florida watching the storm roll in, including our own Global News team. The videos are already showing wind, rain, ominous clouds, and normally busy city centers that are deserted.
Although places like the Florida Keys, Miami, and Fort Meyers are being the most widely effected, places like Orlando are also feeling the brunt of the storm with many of their theme parks having to close until the storm passes.