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Hurricane Irma causes Florida residents to prepare

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Hurricane Irma has already shown itself to be a threat with the massive destruction in the Caribbean and is not far away from reaching the coasts of Florida. Hurricane Irma has already shown itself to be a threat with the massive destruction in the Caribbean and is not far away from reaching the coasts of Florida.

Hurricane Irma has already shown itself to be a threat with the massive destruction in the Caribbean and is not far away from reaching the coasts of Florida.  In response, Florida residents are taking the opportunity to prepare for the predicted massive rainfall and high winds while they still have the chance - and that preparation is making things a little hectic.

"Mostly right now, we're seeing a couple of things - first of all, most businesses are trying to board up the windows with either shutters or plywood, the other things that were seeing our long gas lines and long lines at supermarkets with people trying to stock up on canned goods and water bottles," said Marty Gould, who is currently living in Ft. Lauder dale, Florida.

While people are preparing and taking the hurricane seriously, that shows a different state of mind than one might have been able to see just a few years ago.

"This time around, as soon as the warnings and the watches went up, people got very serious - I haven't heard anybody talking about having hurricane parties or trying to do silly things," Gould said.  "Key West evacuated almost immediately, which is very unusual, previously residents decided to just stay and ride it out."

That seriousness is echoed by Florida Governor Rick Scott, who was clear on what people need to be ready for in case the worst might happen.

"Every Florida family must prepare to calculate, regardless of the coast you live on, we do not know exactly where the storm is going," said Gov. Scott.  "Now know your evacuation sites, listen to your local officials; the storm has the potential to catastrophically devastate our state and you have to take this seriously."

Weather forecasters are predicting that the storm will reach parts of the state by the weekend and mandatory evacuations in South Florida are already in place.

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