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  • Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall in southern Florida by early Sunday morning 
  • Miami is expected to bear the brunt of Irma, a Category 5 storm clocking 150mph winds 
  • An estimated  1.4 million people are under evacuation in Florida and Georgia 
  • Florida Gov. Rick Scott said residents under evacuation in southern coastal areas need to leave by midnight
  • Since evacuation orders were issued, there’s been heavy traffic on all northbound highways
  • The storm has the potential to do $125billion worth of damage when it strikes Miami – and possibly much more
  • Irma has caused devastation in the Caribbean, killing at least 24 and leveling entire islands
  • Extensive damage has been reported on Barbuda and St Martin, with over 90 per cent of buildings wrecked
  • The storm is currently battering the northern coast of Cuba 

Hurricane Irma is once again forecast to hit the Florida Keys as a Category 5 storm, as more than a million people have fled its path and abandoned their homes.

Meteorologists expect the powerful hurricane to hit the Sunshine State between 5am and 7am ET on Sunday. 

‘Obviously Hurricane Irma continues to be a threat that is going to devastate the United States,’ Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said at a press conference Friday morning. ‘We’re going to have a couple rough days.’

The storm was first downgraded from a Category 5 to a Category 4 earlier on Friday morning, but as of 5pm ET on Friday, it is predicted to hit the U.S. as a Category 5. This will only be the fourth time ever a Category 5 has hit US mainland.

As of 6.30pm ET Friday, the hurricane is moving west at 12 mph and located 345 miles southeast of Miami.

Government officials along with the National Hurricane Center have cautioned that Irma is ‘extremely dangerous’ with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. That’s strong enough to bring down power poles, uproot trees and rip the roofs off of homes.

In preparation for what is predicted to be the most powerful hurricane to hit the United States in years, an estimated 1.4million people have been given mandatory evacuation orders in both Florida and Georgia.

The above map shows Hurricane Irma's current projected track towards the U.S. and up the state of Florida this weekend

The above map shows Hurricane Irma’s current projected track towards the U.S. and up the state of Florida this weekend

Boarded up buildings are seen in preparation of Hurricane Irma during a mandatory evacuation in Miami Beach, Florida on Friday 

Boarded up buildings are seen in preparation of Hurricane Irma during a mandatory evacuation in Miami Beach, Florida on Friday

People use their cellphones near boarded up stores in preparation of Hurricane Irma in Miami Beach, Florida on Friday 
 People use their cellphones near boarded up stores in preparation of Hurricane Irma in Miami Beach, Florida on Friday

Hundreds of people gather in an emergency shelter at the Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center in Miami, Florida on Friday 

A message to Hurricane Irma is written on the facade of a boarded restaurant on Friday in Miami Beach, Florida

An empty beach is seen before the arrival of hurricane Irma in Miami, Florida on Friday 

Traffic along Interstate 75 north, rear, crawls toward Atlanta as drivers flee Hurricane Irma on Friday in Griffin, Georgia

The Worth Avenue shopping district is shown after a mandatory evacuation order went into effect on the barrier island of Palm Beach, Florida on Friday

In this geocolor image GOES-16 satellite image taken on Friday, Hurricane Irma, center, approaches Cuba and Florida, with Hurricane Katia, left, in the Gulf of Mexico, and Hurricane Jose, right, in the Atlantic Ocean