JUST IN: Tornado Warnings Spike Across Florida

MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 09: The skyline is seen as the outerbands of Hurricane Irma start to reach Florida on September 9, 2017 in Miami, Florida. Florida is in the path of the Hurricane which may come ashore at category 4. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

As the affects of Hurricane Irma can already be felt in some parts of Florida, several counties in Southern Florida have been warned to the possibility of tornadoes.

Per Miami Herald:

With Hurricane Irma hours away from South Florida, the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch in nine counties.

People in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, as well as Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee and mainland Monroe should watch for tornadoes until midnight.

Tornadoes are a common result of the whirling winds hurricanes bring ashore.

The tornado warnings follow Governor Rick Scott’s dire warning to his state’s residents, per Fox News:

Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Rick Scott warned residents Saturday that the storm surge from Hurricane Irma could “cover your house” and ultimately kill you as he urged Floridians to evacuate immediately.

Scott said some 25,000 people in Florida have already lost electricity as Irma’s outer bands have begun hitting the southern part of the state.

Scott also urged people who have not evacuated to leave immediately.

“If you have been ordered to evacuate, you need to leave now. Do not wait. Evacuate. Not tonight, not in an hour. You need to go right now,” the governor said.

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Residents in western Florida were told they have until 12 p.m. ET Saturday to leave.

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