Hurricane Irma: By the numbers

Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina are bracing for the impact of Hurricane Irma — the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade — which is expected to hit Florida Sunday morning.

Irma, now downgraded to a Category 4 storm, has devastated several islands in the Caribbean.

Here is a breakdown of the storm by the numbers:

At least 20 deaths

As Irma tore through the Caribbean islands, it left a terrifying trail of devastation behind it.

At least 20 people have died in the Caribbean, including at least three in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.

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Waves crash against the seawall as Hurricane Irma slammed Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Sept. 6, 2017.

About 6,000 Americans are believed to be stranded on St. Martin in the wake of Irma, according to the U.S. Consulate General in Curacao, The Associated Press reported.

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A view of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Sint Maarten Dutch part of Saint Martin island in the Caribbean, Sept. 6, 2017.

In Barbuda, over 90 percent of buildings and vehicles were destroyed.

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne told national broadcaster ABS that the island is “barely inhabitable” after Irma.

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Damage is left after Hurricane Irma hit Barbuda, Sept. 7, 2017.

Browne told ABC News in a phone interview, “When you have an unprecedented storm like this that comes with such significant wind force this is like having a bomb literally thrown on a city. … It is really the sheer magnitude of the winds that destroyed these properties.”

Shelters across the South

The American Red Cross said it is expected to shelter up to 120,000 evacuees across Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Florida braces for the storm

The first state to get hit by Irma will be Florida, where roughly 1.3 million residents are under orders to evacuate. The storm is forecast to hit southern Florida early Sunday morning.  

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Drivers wait in line for gasoline in Altamonte Springs, Fla., ahead of the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Irma, Sept. 6, 2017.

“If you’re in an evacuation zone, you’ve got to get out. You can’t wait,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott said in an interview today with ABC News’ “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts.

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People pack up their car to evacuate as the city prepares for Hurricane Irma, Sept. 7, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida.

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