About 5.6 million residents of the Miami area have been told to evacute, as the highly-dangerous storm is about to hit Florida. The death toll in the Caribbean has reportedly risen to 23.

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Hundreds of thousands of people living in the Miami area left their homes on Friday as Hurricane Irma continues to make its way to Florida. About 5.6 million civilians were told to evacuate, in what could become the largest evacuation in US history.

“All Floridians should be prepared to evacuate,” Gov. Rick Scott said in a press conference. “Get inland for safety. Based on what we know, the majority of Florida will have major hurricane impact and deadly winds. We expect this along the entire east coast and west coast.”

According to Fox News, the death toll in the Caribbean Islands has risen to 23 after a massive landfall.

Irma's destrution in the Carribean Islands

Irma’s destrution in the Carribean Islands Photo credit: Channel 2 News

On Friday, US President Donald Trump said in a video message, “This is a storm of absolutely historic destructive potential. I ask everyone in the storm’s path to be vigilant, and heed all recommendations from government officials and law enforcement. Nothing is more important than the safety and security of our people.”

“We are doing everything we can to help with disaster preparations,” he continued. “And, when the time comes, we will restore, recover, and rebuild together as Americans.”

The storm has been downgraded from a Category 5 to a Category 4, but authorities are still treating it as extremely dangerous.