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Florida prepares for Hurricane Irma as storm continues to move closer

Florida prepares for Hurricane Irma as storm continues to move closer (ABC7)

The shelter at Atlantic High School in Delray Beach will hold 4,200 and it is already filling up fast.

Pam Dill was among those bringing wheelchairs, blankets and pillows Friday, seeing the gymnasium as the best option.

"I don’t want to take the chance of getting accidentally stuck and then have to have someone come rescue me during the storm," Dill told ABC7 News.

Preparations for Irma are now fully underway. In residential neighborhoods, storm shutters and plywood are up.

Pastor Richard Clackley is securing his message board and saying his prayers.

"The church is in good shape, my house is in good shape," he said. "I'm not going anywhere."

In the commercial areas of this beachfront town, restaurants are stacking furniture and removing awnings

A pizza shop is giving away slices, knowing food will likely go bad if the power goes out.

Along A1A, the beachfront road, store owner Diana Grainger says she’s now done all she can do.

"I've shuttered up boarded up," she said. "We’ve had the store for 38 years and hopefully for another 38 more to come."

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