Astonishing pictures in Miami show people surfing and swimming while many residents are stocking up on beer and snacks as they prepare to ride out the storms in their homes.
The August outlook expected 14 to 19 named storms and two to five major hurricanes for the season - more than NOAA had earlier predicted.
"The response is a complete and total surprise to me", he told BBC.
"It has become something a little out of my control", said the 22-year-old.
The city of Miami imposed a curfew until 7am this morning and more than 220,000 customers in Florida were without power this morning, utilities reported. "This was the strongest storm Caibarien ever had".
And Tampa, north of Naples and Irma's next main target, can still expect a five-to-eight foot storm surge accompanied by what is likely to be a Category 1 hurricane by then.
"She worked the shelter all night and was going home to retrieve some more items and then go back to the shelter", Hardee County Sheriff Arnold Lanier told the Hardee County Herald-Advocate.
Maximum sustained winds stayed at around 125 mph (201 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. For now, both are displaced.
"If you wait, you're not going to have any, any space".
The governor warned some storm surges could be deadly.
A Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ship was expected to dock near St. Martin to help in the aftermath, and a boat was bringing a 5-ton crane capable of unloading large shipping containers of aid. "I think we did that for the most part". "Just the nervousness, trying to keep an eye on it to see if its track will change", he said. But Owls coach Lane Kiffin also pointed out that some thought the game shouldn't be played. "I feel safer. We have a plan". "It's amazing. It's under water".
"To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma".
- Miami-Dade officers can no longer respond to calls for service, the Miami-Dade Police Department tweeted Sunday.
It follows a Facebook resident set up by residents in the state called 'Shoot At Hurricane Irma'.
Tens of thousands in Florida are huddled in shelters as the hurricane threatens to make a catastrophic hit on the state. "Win the game, then focus on everything else".
Wint's family is fine.
"There were distractions", FIU coach Butch Davis said. You've got to evacuate. "The kids were excellent at compartmentalizing".
There is a hurricane warning for almost the entire state of Florida.
For decades, disaster officials and meteorologists have put the Tampa region as one of their worst-case scenarios, along with Miami, New Orleans, Houston and New York. The accound has been retweeted by Seth Rogen, William Shatner, Jake Tapper and Sen.
Before Harvey hit, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued an updated outlook for the Atlantic hurricane season on Aug. 9.