More than 60 counties in Florida are under a state of emergency as many residents in the southern part of the state prepare for the possible arrival of category five hurricane Irma.

FOX's Eben Brown is in South Florida and has more on people who are stripping shelves clean in local department and hardware stores as they prepare for the storm:

Plenty of those orange colored dolly's with stacks of plywood are rolling out to people's pickup trucks. Manager Carl Reynolds says everybody in town is getting ready:

(Reynolds) "Definitely right now is the security of the people dwelling, so it would be plywood, water, of course generators, flashlights and of course batteries.

People like Angela are reminded of going through Andrew 25 years ago, she was a kid then:

(Angela) "Yes, now I have a family of my own. So you're more overprotective over the situation. You don't want them to go through the same situation that you went through."

And Irma is now on record as the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever.

In Pembroke Pines, Florida, Eben Brown, FOX News.

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