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Ride sharing companies have suspended service in parts of Florida as Irma approaches


Ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft have already suspended service in parts of Florida as Hurricane Irma approaches the area.

Uber announced Saturday that it suspended its ride-sharing services in Miami-Dade county at noon and will do the same in Broward County to comply with the 4 p.m. curfew. The company already suspended service in the Florida Keys, the Miami Herald reports.

Lyft also suspended service in Miami at midnight on Friday. A spokesperson for the company told the Miami Herald they are closely monitoring the situation.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has urged a third of the state's residents to evacuate before Irma makes landfall.

During a news conference on Saturday he delivered a strong message to those in evacuation zones: "You need to leave — not tonight, not in an hour, right now."

The storm surge is expected to be up to 15 feet in some areas along Florida's west coast.

"This is the most catastrophic storm the state has ever seen," Scott added, urging people to evacuate.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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