Sen. Bill Nelson said Tampa Bay could face serious destruction.
A spur of hurricane-force wind gush was witnessed in the Florida Keys late Saturday night — the beginning sign of devastating Hurricane Irma’s possible landfall on the U.S. mainland.
According to the weather service the Smith Shoal Light station recorded a 74 mph wind speed on Saturday night, the AP reported.
In the Meanwhile, the core of Irma headed toward the Keys with subdued winds of 120 mph.
The Hurricane Irma kicked up the surf, kept whipping palm trees and spun up with at least one confirmed tornado as it reached the landfall in Florida Saturday evening.
"This is your last chance to make a good decision," Gov. Rick Scott has been warning the residents in Florida's evacuation zones, which comprises of a staggering 6.4 million , or more than 1 in 4 people in the state of Florida.
On 11 p.m. ET Saturday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) had seen Irma about 90 miles southeast of Key West with winds of up to 120 miles per hour.
President Trump on Irma
President Donald Trump tweeted about Irma after the weather forecast at 11 p.m. ET. "The U.S. Coast Guard, FEMA and all Federal and State brave people are ready. Here comes Irma. God bless everyone!," the president wrote.