Scott Warns Irma Could be Worse than Andrew

Tallahassee, Fla. - As Hurricane Irma moves over the Caribbean and takes aim at Florida, Gov. Rick Scott warned the "massive storm" could be more treacherous than Hurricane Andrew, which devastated the Sunshine State 25 years ago.

"I want everybody to understand the importance of this. This is bigger than Andrew," Scott said in an interview from Tallahassee today with ABC News' "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts. "This could be worse."

Scott, who declared a statewide emergency earlier this week, urged Floridians to be "aggressive" in preparing for the storm because it's still unclear where Irma, currently a Category 5 storm, will impact. Possible targets are Ft. Meyers, Naples and Miami, the governor said.

"We don't know exactly where this is going to hit," he said. "It sure looks like it's going to bear down right in the middle of Florida."

Irma currently has sustained winds of 185 mph -- with gusts topping 200 mph. The storm is forecast to move north of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Wednesday afternoon, bringing strong winds and heavy rain but not directly hitting the islands. The storm will be approaching mainland Florida and the Keys by Sunday morning.

Florida officials are working to ensure retailers around the state are stocked up on food, water and gas as the storm approaches.

"We don't see any widespread shortages and we don't believe that we're going to have them right now," Scott said on "GMA" this morning. "I'm asking everybody as you get prepared, three days of water per person, three days of food. Take enough but take only what you need, don't take more."

As the hurricane inches closer to Florida, Scott said there will be more mandatory evacuation orders issued around the state. The governor urged Floridians to heed these warnings.

"We can rebuild your home. We can't rebuild your life," he said. "Prepare and take care of your family."

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