Florida has been through big storms before.
But this one is the biggest yet.
Just a few weeks ago, Floridians were marking the 25th Anniversary of the LAST monster storm in living memory.
WATCH: 25 years ago today, Hurricane Andrew devastated south Florida in one of the worst natural disasters in US history. This was our report from that night. — (tap the video for sound)
Posted by NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt on Thursday, August 24, 2017
And Irma is even bigger than Andrew.
Irma has already taken casualties.
Some places are reporting 90% of buildings that were hit have been destroyed.
This is no minor storm where you can throw up some shutters and laugh in the face of danger.
Which is why the evacuation order is mandatory.
Nuclear is a word being brought up a lot in connection to Irma. In a Wednesday press conference, Miami-Dade Mayor Philip Levine called Irma a ‘nuclear hurricane’ as he said once again that everyone in the mandatory evacuation zones ‘must leave’.
‘I’ll do anything in my power to convince [people] this is a very serious storm. This is a nuclear hurricane. They should leave the beach, they must leave the beach,’ he said.
The evacuation of coastal Miami is the second mandatory evacuation ordered ahead of Irma’s landfall. On Wednesday, there was bumper-to-bumper traffic on U.S. Route 1, from Key West to Key Largo, as visitors and residents alike followed orders to flee the Florida Keys. –DailyMail
But whether you’re planning to stay, or go, panic is spreading and supplies are drying up.
In addition to some gas stations out of fuel, those stocking up for the storm have found that bottled water is in short supply at grocery and big box stores. The stores that have water say it’s gone as soon as they restock the shelves. –CBS
You’re almost better off buying one of those brand-new oversized Rubbermaid garbage cans, filling it with tapwater and keeping it in your bathroom.
But whether you stay or evacuate, it’s not going to be easy.
What will YOU be doing if the storm comes your way?
Let us know in the comments!