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Hurricane Irma

Florida Gov. Rick Scott urges evacuation ahead of 'unbelievable, massive, destructive,' 'killer' Irma

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on CBS

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) continued to issue grave warnings to his state Saturday in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Irma. "I just want to make sure everybody understands this is an unbelievable, massive, destructive storm, and it's a killer," Scott said in a CBS appearance. "This is going to impact both of our coasts. This is a big, big, big storm," he added. "But the storm surge is what really scares me."

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) also urged his fellow Floridians to stay safe in a press conference Saturday. "Don't be the guy that gets killed by the tree," Rubio said, cautioning against reckless outdoor excursions during the storm. "Where you going? Everything is closed. If you don't lose power, that's great. It's a great time to get at home and catch up on Game of Thrones, or whatever it's called."

On Saturday morning, Irma slowed to Category 3 with winds up to 125 miles per hour. The storm began raking through the Florida Keys Saturday afternoon and is expected to move up the Gulf Coast toward Tampa overnight, ramping back up to Category 4 as it goes. More than 6 million Floridians have been ordered to evacuate. Irma could drop as much as 20 inches of rain, producing serious flooding.