President Donald Trump delivered a videotaped message regarding Hurricane Irma on Friday via social media.
"My fellow Americans: as Hurricane Irma approaches, my administration is working closely with our state and local partners to help save lives, protect families and assist those in need.
“This is a storm of absolutely historic, destructive potential.
“I ask everyone in the storm's path to be vigilant and to heed all recommendations from government officials and law enforcement. Nothing is more important than the safety and security of our people.
"We are doing everything we can to help with disaster preparations and, when the time comes, we will restore, recover and rebuild together as Americans.
“In times such as these, we see the strength and the resolve of the American spirit and we see the kindness and courage of our people.
“With gratitude for our first responders and prayers for those in the storm's path, America stands united and I mean totally united.
“From Texas to Louisiana, from Florida to Puerto Rico, and always the U.S. Virgin Islands and everywhere in between that has been affected by these terrible storms, we will endure and come back stronger than ever before.”