ST. JOHN'S, Antigua (AP) - Here's the latest on evacuation orders from Gov. Rick Scott's office:
Visitors must leave the Florida Keys now under a mandatory evacuation order. Residents must evacuate starting Wednesday evening under Monroe County's mandatory order.
Broward County has issued voluntary evacuations of mobile homes and low-lying areas. Collier County has issued voluntary evacuations of Marco Island. In Miami-Dade County, individuals with special needs began evacuating Wednesday morning.
Additional evacuations are expected throughout the state. All Floridians should pay close attention to local alerts and follow the directions of local officials.
To find available shelters by county, visit floridadisaster.org/shelters.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the eye of Hurricane Irma is passing over the British Virgin Islands.
It says a wind gust of up to 110 mph (177 kph) has been reported a little to the west at Buck Island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
At 1 p.m. local time, the storm was centered about 35 miles (55 kilometers) east of St. Thomas and 105 miles (170 kilometers) east of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
It was moving to the west at 16 mph (26 kph)