"The response is a complete and total surprise to me", he told BBC.
"On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should move over the Lower Florida Keys shortly, and then move near or over the west coast of the Florida Peninsula later today through tonight.", the NHC said.
By late-afternoon on Sunday, it was a category 3 storm with winds of 115 mph.
"A combination of stress and boredom made me start the event", he told the BBC.
The latest update from the National Weather service indicated there were wind gusts 'near hurricane strength' - about 79mph - recorded in the Florida Keys. But even more powerful could be the storm surges that threaten to swallow Florida's coastal cities.
The Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers won't play Sunday; the Dolphins are already in California to get ready for a Sept. 17 game with the Los Angeles Chargers.
"If you wait, you're not going to have any, any space". Florida Gov. Rick Scott said it "will cover your house". "This is when we are Tampa strong".
The man appeared to be uninjured and was able to pick himself off the ground after the incident.
The Florida Keys, which is where Irma first made landfall, are now the subject of a huge airborne relief mission.
He also acknowledged destruction in the northern keys where Cuba and foreign hotel management firms have built dozens of all-inclusive beach resorts in recent years.
The August outlook expected 14 to 19 named storms and two to five major hurricanes for the season - more than NOAA had earlier predicted.
They lived on the second floor of building divided into 11 apartments, many of them split horizontally by crude intermediate floors known as "barbeques". Manatee County officials announced a curfew from 3 p.m. ET Sunday until 3 p.m. ET Monday.
Three more people were killed by falling objects or drowning, pushing the death toll to 10 in Cuba and at least 24 others in the region.
"We're going to go to an interior hallway to be safe".
"You can't survive these storm surges..."
Monitoring the situation from Camp David, President Donald Trump urged people in the danger areas to heed the governor's advice.
"I think Miami is more prepared than New York for something like that", Magalhaes said.
After lashing the Caribbean islands and Puerto Rico, Irma hit Cuba's Ciego de Avila province late Friday night as a Category 5 hurricane before it weakened.
That's what one sheriff's office in Florida is warning residents over Twitter.
Tornado watches have been issued for nine Florida counties.
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said storm surge is the main fear. "But in the last hour, we still see sustained tropical winds".
"The season", it said, "has the potential to be extremely active, and could be the most active since 2010".
Ngai plans to crouch in the bathtub when it makes landfall.
Heavier rain bands are moving into Lee County right now, and will pinwheel into Charlotte County in just a matter of time. "We've moved everything away from windows". Together, we will restore, recover and rebuild. Hurricane Irma could cause insurance losses of between $15 billion and $50 billion in the United States, catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide said. A tropical storm watch was in effect for Bimini and Grand Bahama. Schools in the state planned to close Monday.
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