A reporter for the Weather Channel, Mike Seidel, could barely manage to stand through one of Hurricane Irma's "early squalls" in Miami late Saturday.
Video shared by Seidel shows him battling wind and rain in the Brickell neighborhood of downtown Miami.
Getting slapped by one of the early squalls from #Irma tonight in the Brickell section of #Miami. @stevedresner captures behind the scenes pic.twitter.com/6uXw51mGmB— Mike Seidel (@mikeseidel) September 10, 2017
"Getting slapped by one of the early squalls from #Irma tonight in the Brickell section of #Miami," Seidel tweeted, referring to a sudden gust of wind.
A colleague of his, Steve Dresner, captured the "behind the scenes shot," according to Seidel.
Dresner tweeted that the shot show Seidel "at his best!"
As of 10 p.m. Eastern, Hurricane Irma is a Category 3 storm, with sustained maximum winds of 120 miles per hour, but capable of stronger wind gusts. The National Weather Service office in Key West reported the first hurricane-force gust at 74 mph in the Florida Keys, where Irma is slated to make landfall, around 9:30 p.m.
Forecasters say the hurricane will strengthen before making landfall early Sunday.
Meanwhile, mandatory evacuations and curfews have been issued throughout the state, including in Miami. However, some people are reportedly sticking it out, as well as 300 monkeys.
Tornadoes have been spotted in Florida as Hurricane Irma bears down on the state.