Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado says the city is lucky it's not in the direct path of Hurricane Irma.
The mayor cautioned the city will still have severe effects from the storm, like wind damage and storm surge. Therefore, he recommended anyone still in the city should head north and evacuate or get to a shelter as soon as possible.
The mayor said while the city will suffer some damage from the storm, he is looking to the future and rebuilding, even without the federal government's help.
Storm surge on Miami's coastline is expected to be between six and 12 feet with winds of 130 miles per hour.
More than 260 shelters are open across the state with more expected to open throughout the rest of the day