MIAMI — The Latest on Hurricane Irma as it barrels toward Southern Florida (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

Florida’s major theme parks are planning to close as Hurricane Irma approaches the state.

SeaWorld officials announced Friday that their Orlando park will be closed from Saturday to Monday. The same goes for Busch Gardens in Tampa, which SeaWorld also owns.

Officials at Walt Disney World in Orlando say its parks will close on Saturday afternoon and remain closed through Monday.

Universal Orlando announced on its website that it will close at 7 p.m. Saturday and will remain closed through Monday. Officials said they anticipate reopening on Tuesday.

Last October, the theme parks also closed down for Hurricane Matthew, which skirted Florida’s southeast coast.


4:10 p.m.

Officials say the last public evacuation bus is preparing to leave Key West.

In a news release officials said the final Key West Transit bus will leave at 5 p.m. Friday. The buses are clearly marked as “hurricane evacuation” buses.

Animals are welcome on the buses if they are controlled or caged.

The buses will take people to the shelter at Florida International University.


3:22 p.m.

Florida’s major theme parks are planning to close as Hurricane Irma approaches the state.

Officials at Walt Disney World in Orlando announced Friday that its parks will close on Saturday afternoon and remain closed through Monday.

Universal Orlando announced on its website that it will close at 7 p.m. Saturday and will remain closed through Monday. Officials said they anticipate reopening on Tuesday.

SeaWorld and Busch Gardens, which is in Tampa, also announced plans to shut down at 5 p.m. Saturday and remain closed through Monday.

Last October, the theme parks also closed down for Hurricane Matthew, which skirted Florida’s southeast coast.


2:52 p.m.

Gov. Rick Scott is urging residents along Florida’s Gulf coast to get out of evacuation zones as Hurricane Irma’s path has moved slightly west.

During a news conference on Friday afternoon in Lee County in southwest Florida, Scott warned of storm surge which could be between 6 and 12 feet.

“You are not going to survive this if it happens,” Scott told residents. “Now is the time to evacuate.”

Scott says the state hasn’t closed southbound lanes on interstates because of the need to continue getting supplies into South Florida. But he says they’ve opened the shoulder of Interstate 75’s northbound lanes from Wildwood in central Florida to the Georgia line, north of Lake City.


12:22 p.m.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez says more than 660,000 residents have been ordered to evacuate as Hurricane Irma approaches South Florida.

The mayor said during a news conference Friday that this is the largest evacuation order he can remember.

For anyone staying put, he says they need to have food and water to last at least three days.

He says Miami-Dade County tap water is fine and people should fill every possible container before the storm hits. He says the water is fine to drink.

The county plans to have 43 shelters with a capacity of over 100,000 people open by the end of the day Friday.


4 a.m.

Hurricane warnings have been issued for South Florida as thousands of people evacuate.

More than a half-million people have been ordered to leave the region ahead of Category 5 Hurricane Irma.

The National Hurricane Center on Thursday night issued hurricane warnings for the Keys and an area of the peninsula including metro Miami and Lake Okeechobee. Storm surge warnings cover both coasts along the state’s tip.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered all public schools, colleges and universities to close Friday through Monday.

The governor told residents not to become complacent because the storm could have “major and life-threatening impacts from coast to coast.”