Florida preparing for Category 5 Hurricane Irma

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Florida preparing for Category 5 Hurricane Irma

The International Space Station’s external cameras captured a dramatic view of Hurricane Irma as it moved across the Atlantic Ocean Sept. 5.
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Hurricane season in the U.S. is kicking off with a real one-two punch. While Texas struggles to recover from Hurricane Harvey, which devastated much of its southern coastline just a week ago, Hurricane Irma is barreling down on the Caribbean with Florida square in its sights.

This Category 5 hurricane, the strongest in the Atlantic in more than a decade, is expected to wreak havoc across the region as residents try to stock up on supplies as they prepare to seek shelter from the potentially catastrophic storm.

Featuring photos from Getty, Reuters and AP and CNBC.

  • Shoppers at Costco in Altamonte Springs, Florida, wait in line for water shipments. 

    Shoppers at Costco in Altamonte Springs, Fla., wait in line for the arrival of a shipment of water during preparations for the impending arrival of Hurricane Irma on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017.
    Joe Burbank | Orlando Sentinel | TNS | Getty Images
  • Drivers wait in line for gasoline at the Costco in Altamonte Springs. 

    Drivers wait in line for gasoline at the Costco in Altamonte Springs, Fla., ahead of the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Irma on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017.
    Joe Burbank | Orlando Sentinel | TNS | Getty Images
  • Residents in Fort Lauderdale buy backup generators at a Home Depot ahead of Hurricane Irma.

    Residents in Fort Lauderdale buy backup generators at a Home Depot ahead of Hurricane Irma on Sept. 5th, 2017.
    Justin Solomon | CNBC
  • Motorists head north of Key Largo, Florida, on US 1, on Wed., Sept. 6. Keys officials ordered mandatory evacuations for visitors and residents. 

    Motorists head north of Key Largo, Fla., on US 1, in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Keys officials announced a mandatory evacuation Wednesday for visitors, with residents being told to leave the next day.
    Alan Diaz | AP
  • People put up shutters as they brace the Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre for Hurricane Irma in Miami.

    People put up shutters as they prepare the Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre for Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017 in Miami, Florida.
    Getty Images
  • Home Depot shoppers wait for plywood in the Little Havana neighborhood in Miami.

    Shoppers in a Home Depot store wait for plywood in the Little Havana neighborhood in Miami, Florida, September 5, 2017.
    Joe Skipper | Reuters
  • Shelves lay bare after bottled water supplies were sold out at a grocery store in Miami. 

    Bare shelves are seen after the supply of bottled water was emptied at a grocery store by people preparing for Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017 in Miami, Florida.
    Getty Images
  • Andrea Rivera sits at an emergency center as Hurricane Irma approaches Puerto Rico. 

    Andrea Rivera sits at an emergency center as Hurricane Irma approaches Puerto Rico in Fajardo, on September 6, 2017. Irma is expected to reach the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by nightfall on September 6.
    Ricardo Arduengo | AFP | Getty Images
  •  'Go away, Irma'

    A sign on a business reads, 'Be Prepared Go Away Irma,' as people prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017 in Miami, Florida.
    Getty Images