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Saturday morning update from Miami as Hurricane Irma inches closer

NASA view of Hurricane Irma. (Image: MGN)

Hurricane Irma is inching closer to South Florida with winds of 160 miles an hour.

Stephanie Ramos with ABC News reports LIVE from Miami on Good Morning Chattanooga Weekend as the storm is expected to reach the area Sunday morning.

The eye of the storm is headed toward the Florida Keys and Tampa.

The National Weather Service tweeted "This is as real as it gets. Nowhere in the Florida Keys will be safe."

More than 5.6 million people have been asked to evacuate, many of them living in low lying coastal areas.

"We are running out of time. The storm is almost here. If you are in an evacuation zone, you need to go now," Florida Governor Rick Scott said.

As time runs out, people are rushing to get out. Some people abandoned their cars along the three main routes out of South Florida because they ran out of gas.

Fort Lauderdale's airport is closed. Miami International suspended flights. People hoping to get last minute flights were taken to shelters.

"We've spent hours trying to find flights and it has just been awful. We haven't slept," said Melany Hobson.

Some Miami Beach residents are staying put.

"We have enough food and water to ride out days of no electricity, and we have hurricane proof housing. It's a brand new built building with new cement," said Kaydee Gavron.


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