Hurricane Irma is boiling through the Atlantic Ocean as a Category 4 hurricane, and models are beginning to indicate that the storm could impact Florida.
Gov. Rick Scott, with an eye toward being proactive, declared a state of emergency for the Sunshine State Monday.
The emergency declaration affects all Florida counties, and the Governor's Office says it is meant to ensure that local communities have the resources they need to prepare for Irma's arrival.
Scott said Irma was a dangerous and life-threatening storm, and all of Florida should be prepared for it.
Irma's influence on Florida could be felt as soon as the latter part of this week, or over the weekend.