Florida prepares ahead of Hurricane Irma landfall (7 images)

Floridians throughout the state prepared for Hurricane Irma this week. Some took to the shores to see the large waves ahead of the storm, while others checked in at shelters.
Updated: Sept. 9, 2017 at 12:30 PM
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Palm trees sway in the wind as Hurricane Irma approaches Jupiter, Fla., Sept. 9, 2017. The latest forecasts Saturday project the Jupiter area to avoid the center of the storm, but Palm Beach County remains on a tornado watch all day Saturday. Photo by Gary I Rothstein/UPI
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A kite surfer rides the waves in the Atlantic Ocean as Hurricane Irma approaches Jupiter, Fla., Sept. 9, 2017. South of Jupiter, near Boca Raton, the U.S. Coast Guard responded to a report of a missing surfer Friday night. The Coast Guard called off the search Saturday. Photo by Gary I Rothstein/UPI
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Residents at the pet shelter rest in the early morning in Boynton Beach, Fla., Sept. 9, 2017. Photo by Gary I Rothstein/UPI
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Palm trees sway in the wind as Hurricane Irma approaches Jupiter, Fla., Sept. 9, 2017. The National Hurricane Center projected in its Saturday morning forecasts that Irma would likely make landfall in southwest Florida this weekend. Photo by Gary I Rothstein/UPI
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Residents fill out shelter paper work so that they can stay with their pets after Palm Beach County opened a animal shelter in Boynton Beach, Fla., Sept. 8, 2017. Photo by Gary I Rothstein/UPI
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Store owners leave messages on their shutters for Hurricane Irma in Lake Worth, Fla., Sept. 9, 2017. Photo by Gary I Rothstein/UPI
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A senior citizen holds her two dogs while waiting to check in at Palm Beach County's Hurricane Irma animal shelter in Boynton Beach, Fla., Sept. 8, 2017. Photo by Gary I Rothstein/UPI
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