At least 36 people died in the storm's wake across the Caribbean.
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have been bad, but doesn't it feel like the response has been... well, better?
In Miami, the storm was announcing its soggy might with periods of heavy rain, electricity that wobbled in and out and gusts strong enough to make it hard to walk around.
While Hurricane Irma, of Category 5, lashed out at the state, the police helped the evacuated woman, taking her to the Baptist Hospital in Kendall. And from there, it goes up the coast toward the Tampa, St. Pete area, which is on a very large bay - the Tampa Bay - which is a handsome area, but it's very susceptible to storm surge, one of the most susceptible areas to storm surge in Florida.
Storm surge is forecast to be as high as 10 to 15 feet above normal tide levels from Cape Sable to Captiva in southwest Florida, with life-threatening inundation expected all along Florida's western Gulf coast. If you are looking at the track map, you may find yourself saying "South Carolina's is out of the cone: that's a good thing".
DeMaria said the National Hurricane Center on the west campus of Florida International University, has received several gusts close to or over 100 miles per hour.
The governor said he was directing the Georgia Emergency Management Agency to activate the state's emergency operations plan due to the potential for dangers associated with excessive rainfall, strong winds, flooding, fallen trees and road closures.
"It's disgusting, what we saw", Scott said.
Roofs ripped off: CNN's team in Key Largo saw some areas devastated by the storm, with roofs ripped off mobile homes in one neighborhood. Officials warned of potential scattered power outages and minor localized flooding.
"It's enormously important that every American in the path of this storm take the warnings of state and local officials to heart", Pence said.