Hurricane Irma took aim at South Florida on Thursday, threatening millions with historic winds, huge storm surges and unrelenting rainfall as it left behind a trail of still-uncharted devastation in the Caribbean and a death toll that climbed to at least 13.
Although the storm’s track remained uncertain, a widening area braced for its effects. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued a statewide emergency declaration Thursday, a day after South Carolina did so.
President Trump was briefed in the Oval Office about storm preparations and Irma's projected path. Earlier, he tweeted a reminder to those in Irma’s path to "be careful, be safe," as the storm approaches.