PHOTOS: How Floridians are preparing for Irma

A chalkboard is decorated with messages regarding the approaching Hurricane Irma as a person reads a sign stating a restaurant is closed in Flagler Beach, Fla., Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

MIAMI, Fla. (KXAN) — With mandatory evacuations in some parts of Florida, people who can gas up and get out are doing so.

Other spent the past few days boarding up their businesses and homes. Irma is on track to potentially reach Florida this weekend. It has already reached higher wind speeds than Hurricane Andrew, which devastated parts of Florida and had highest sustained winds at 175 mph in August 1992. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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