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.
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.
In Barbuda, over 90 percent of buildings and vehicles were destroyed.
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.
“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.
“This thing’s coming,” he…