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Hurricane Irma
In this geocolor image captured by GOES-16 and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Irma, a potentially catastrophic category 5 hurricane, moves westward, Tuesday morning, Sept. 5, 2017, in the Atlantic Ocean toward the Leeward Islands. (NOAA via AP)

TAMPA (WOOD) — Millions of people are being forced to evacuate the southern region of the United States due to the approaching Hurricane Irma.

Irma was forecast to strike Florida as a Category 4 storm Sunday morning.

Tampa has not been struck by a major hurricane since 1921, and the area now has a population of 3 million people.

Despite losing some strength, Hurricane Irma is expected to regain strength before making landfall in Florida.

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Parts of interstates 75 and 95 north were in a standstill due to the amount of people trying to evacuate, while few people drove in southbound lanes.

Watch WFLA’s live coverage of Hurricane Irma below or here, if using the WOOD TV8 app.