The National Hurricane Center has issued a HURRICANE WARNING for South Florida. Forecasters predict Hurricane Irma will likely make landfall in Florida as a Category 4 storm.
Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties are all now under a warning, which is issued 36 hours in advance by the NHC. This means hurricane conditions will be possible within the next two days in the specified area, and residents should prepare accordingly.
A hurricane warning, meanwhile, means hurricane conditions are expected in the area within 36 hours of the anticipated onset of hurricane-force winds. By the time a warning is announced, all storm preparations and evacuations should be completed.