MIAMI -- Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Monday to prepare Florida for a possible hit by Hurricane Irma, which has strengthened into a Category 4 storm.

The governor issued the order for all 67 counties in the state soon after the latest advisory showed the forecast cone reaching parts of South Florida sometime during next weekend, CBS Miami reports.

"Hurricane Irma is a major and life-threatening storm and Florida must be prepared. I have continued to be briefed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Irma and current forecast models have Florida in Irma's path -- potentially impacting millions of Floridians," Scott said.

 

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