Hurricane Irma has now been named the strongest Atlantic storm on record, packing winds of 185 mph. As it makes landfall in the Caribbean residents scramble to evacuate while others stock up on water, food and gas.
This Category 5 hurricane has been deemed as potentially catastrophic by the National Hurricane Center especially if it hits islands during high tides.
Islands in its path for Wednesday morning and early afternoon include St. Martin, Anguilla, St. Kitts, and the British Virgin Islands.
It's expected to continue past the north of Puerto Rico by Wednesday evening. Puerto Rico has declared a state of emergency and has activated the National Guard. Residents of the island lined up outside of hardware stores in the hopes of getting plywood, batteries and power generators. The fear is that if Irma knocks out the power, it could take weeks or even months before it is restored.
Irma is then expected to make its way to Turks and Caicos, as well as the southeastern side of the Bahamas, where storm surges of up to 20 feet above tide level could happen.
The hurricane is so strong that it has appeared on seismometers, which are used to measure earthquakes.
The storm is expected to make landfall on Florida over the weekend. Residents of the Sunshine State aren't sitting around though. Evacuations are already underway and some schools have been shut down to set up shelters.
"People are genuinely scared down here," said Jim Brumbaugh, who packed up his family in their RV and left Florida heading for Georgia. "... We are dead center in the state, but I'm not taking any chances. I also don't want to put my family through the misery of riding out the storm. We've done it before, and it's horrible."
Gov. Rick Scott has ordered 7,000 National Guard troops to report for duty by Friday morning.
"Learn your evacuation zone. Listen to your locals," he said. "This storm has the potential to devastate this state. You have to take this seriously."
Hurricane Irma is not the only one gaining strength as it makes it's way through the Atlantic heading for US mainland by this weekend.