It is a shocking view, flying onto the island of Barbuda.
Astonishing pictures in Miami show people surfing and swimming while many residents are stocking up on beer and snacks as they prepare to ride out the storms in their homes.
Pasco County is located along Florida's gulf coast, about 25 miles north of Tampa. "Only 70 miles of the panhandle is not under a hurricane warning".
Ploghoft said he wasn't able to evacuate because his flight plans didn't work out.
Residents have reported food, water and medicine shortages, as well as looting.
"We're all going to be OK", Ploghoft said. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said it "will cover your house".
Hurricane Irma ripped through the Caribbean last week and had its sights set on Florida.
"The message has been clear: The Keys are going to be impacted".
But unlike with Harvey, dangerous winds will barely abate once Irma makes landfall on Sunday morning.
- Miami-Dade officers can no longer respond to calls for service, the Miami-Dade Police Department tweeted Sunday.
- A storm surge warning wraps around the state, from Brevard County to Tampa Bay.
Almost 6.3 million people were ordered to evacuate before Irma reached Florida.
Storm surges don't just come from the ocean.
"You can't survive these storm surges..."
Irma was a Category 5 storm, the highest ranking possible, when it crashed into Cuba on yesterday morning. "And you put your life in your own hands by not evacuating".
"I think Miami is more prepared than New York for something like that", Magalhaes said.
So doctors from Jackson Health System talked her through the birth of the baby girl at home. "That's how massive the hurricane is". "He really wants to make sure that we're taking care of the people".
Several Florida cities are in or near the forecast path of the storm's eye. The National Hurricane Center said water levels in Naples rose 7ft (2.1m) in just 90 minutes.
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said storm surge is the main fear.
Meanwhile, some projections have Irma maintaining hurricane strength as she passes the length of Florida and into Georgia. "That is horrible. God that looks awful".
"I never envisioned this event becoming some kind of crazy idea larger than myself". "We've moved everything away from windows".
Bridges was a mother of an eight-year-old boy and a member of the sheriff's Honor Guard.
The major concern for Florida was the storm surge, which is like a sustained high tide that can cause devastating flooding, warning that it could reach as high as 15 feet in some areas.
Officials in other states are also keeping an eye on Irma.
Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don and Emily have all been used for tropical storms. Schools in the state planned to close Monday. Affected states include Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.