But that doesn't mean Miami area is in the clear.
Category-4 Hurricane Irma began its assault on Florida, the south-easternmost us state earlier on Sunday, with the storm's northern eyewall reaching the lower Florida Keys on Sunday after making landfall in Cuba.
Florida braces for one of the largest and most far-reaching storms in the state's history as the latest forecasts show Hurricane Irma veering northwest while tropical storm and storm surge warnings go up in SC.
The Pasco Sheriff Office tweeted to warn people off even thinking about going outside in the treacherous weather to shoot at the hurricane. "These winds are strong enough to push the water out of some of the shallow areas of the bays and harbors".
Winds around the eye of the storm have been measured at 120 miles per hour, howling through streets, knocking over powerlines and trees, and pulling pieces of buildings away from their foundations. When evacuation orders in SC and Georgia are included, the number climbs to 6.8 million.
So far, at least 36 million people were under hurricane warning Saturday night, CNN reported.
"You can't survive these storm surges", Scott said.
"The entire area of South Florida is covered in rain", Local 10 News chief certified meteorologist Betty Davis said.
Hurricane Irma strengthened as it churned toward southwestern Florida, threatening severe damage in Tampa and other cities facing the Gulf of Mexico in what could end up being the most expensive storm in U.S. history.
High wind, tornadoes and heavy rainfall of up to 20 inches (0.5 meters) are forecast for most of Florida.
The NHC has also issued a hurricane watch and warning for nearly all of the state into Georgia and SC - an area where about 20 million people live.
All of southern Florida was feeling the storm's effects, with at least one man killed, a woman forced to deliver her own baby and trees and apartment towers swaying in high winds. Located about five miles north of Naples, Fla., the center of Irma is moving north at 14 mph. This weather pattern is taking longer to kick in than forecasters expected.
Since much of its circulation is interacting with the landmass of Florida, the hurricane is in a weakening mode but it is still very powerful.
Troy Mollohan, of Tampa, Fla., fills sand bags along the beach at the Davis Islands yacht basin Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Tampa, Fla.