As Hurricane Irma threatens the state, Florida prisons are facing their largest-ever inmate evacuation, according to a report Thursday.

Over 7,000 inmates in both southern and central Florida will be evacuated by Friday, according to Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones.

Michelle Glady, FDC spokesperson told the Miami Herald on Thursday that an estimated 4,000 inmates are being moved by buses and vans in southern Florida, while around 3,000 inmates in central Florida are also being moved north as Hurricane Irma approaches the Sunshine State.

"I told every regional director to act like this storm was going to hit them directly," Jones told the Miami Herald. "I feel very comfortable that our inmate population is safe, our officers are safe."