More than 100 businesses across the country are closed or in the process of closing for the next several days as Tropical Storm Irma moves through Florida.
The latest advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center said that a Category 3 storm is now expected to reach Florida late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.
The National Hurricane Centers predicted the storm could produce hurricane force winds, and the National Weather Service issued a tropical storm watch for Florida and portions of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Alabama counties.
The Florida Keys, portions of the Florida Panhandle, Georgia and Alabama Panhandle and the southeastern Gulf Coast are also under the watch.
Irma is expected to dump as much as 10 to 20 inches of rain on the Florida Keys in the next few days.
A hurricane watch is in effect from Thursday morning until Saturday, with the most severe warnings issued from Sunday through Monday.