A south Florida resident says she is stuck at home before Hurricane Irma is expected to ravage her state.
"We couldn't get out," said Rose Duma, who resides in Islamorada in southern Florida. "Our flights were canceled. We'd be stuck in for Lauderdale. It wasn't worth it."
'And where can you drive? You can't drive anywhere," she added. "So we're here."
Florida Governor Rick Scott issued a grave warning on Thursday as he urged residents to evacuate.
'If you live in any evacuation zones and you're still at home, leave!' Scott said. 'Do not try to ride out this storm... we can't save you once the storm hits.'
'It is wider than our entire state and could cause major and life-threatening impacts from coast to coast. Regardless of which coast you live on, be prepared to evacuate,' Governor Rick Scott said.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal ordered evacuations for all areas east of Interstate 95, including the city of Savannah. He also authorized about 5,000 National Guard members to help with response and recovery.
The last time Georgia was struck by a hurricane of force Category 3 or higher happened in 1898.