Rain and wind from Hurricane Irma are already hitting southern Florida Saturday morning.

"The outer rain bands and winds are already encroaching on South Florida," Federal Emergency Management Agency director Brock Long said. "So if anybody is still in the storm surge area down there, they need to get out of that area."

The category 4 storm is predicted to devastate southern Florida, especially the coastal towns. Don't "check into a hotel in the Florida panhandle or on the west coast right now," the director warned.

"Forget the money right now. I think the message is that this is going to impact the entire state of Florida," Long said.

"Congress has worked with the White House diligently to give us the support to go forward," Long said, adding that Governor Rick Scott has talked directly with him and with President Trump.

"I have what I need right now," he assured.


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