Rudy Irigoyen helps install plywood over the windows of her family's home in Bradenton, Florida, on Friday ahead of Hurricane Irma.
"You Don't Scare Us Irma" is written on plywood being used to cover the windows of a building in Miami Beach as people prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irma on Friday.
Hurricane Irma battered the Bahamas and Cuba Friday and is quickly moving toward the U.S. mainland.
Motorists line up in hope of getting gas ahead of Hurricane Irma in Doral, Florida.
Hurricane's Irma's expected path on Friday.
Hurricane Irma battered the Dominican Republic and Haiti Thursday morning. It could make U.S. landfall sometime over the weekend.
Irma's strong winds are whipping around palm trees throughout the Caribbean.
A satellite image of Irma as its outer bands whip Puerto Rico.
A man filmed a roof being torn off a building in St. Thomas.
A car flipped upside down from Irma's powerful winds.
A sign at a Miami business as people prepare for Hurricane Irma.
Cars sit in traffic in as residents evacuate Islamorada, Florida, on Overseas Highway.
Hurricane Irma has hit the tiny island of Barbuda and is now heading west. It could make U.S. landfall sometime this weekend.
Irma's eye was bigger than Barbuda, CNN meteorologist Jenn Varian said. It packed winds of 185 mph, making it one of the most powerful Atlantic storms ever recorded.
The Category 5 hurricane is "potentially catastrophic," especially if it hits islands at high tides, the National Hurricane Center said.
A map of Hurricane Irma near the Leeward Islands.
Florida residents were already scrambling to find supplies before the exact path of the hurricane was known.
The storm's center is expected to pass near or just north of Puerto Rico on Wednesday afternoon or night. Here a man in Puerto Rico prepares for the storm.
In the Bahamas, emergency evacuations have been ordered for six southern islands -- Mayaguana, Inagua, Crooked Island, Acklins, Long Cay and Ragged Island.
"This is the largest such evacuation in the history of the country," Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said.
After declaring a state of emergency across Florida, Gov. Rick Scott said President Donald Trump had "offered the full resources of the federal government." Scott also ordered 7,000 National Guard troops to report for duty by Friday morning.
Irma as seen from the International Space Station.