Celebrities have been taking to Twitter throughout the past day or so to share their devastation as potentially deadly superstorm Hurricane Irma roared through the Caribbean and made its way to the U.S.
The hurricane – which has been dubbed one of the strongest storms recorded in the Atlantic – wreaked havoc on small northern Caribbean islands earlier today and is now heading towards Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands, with winds expected to reach around 185 mph.
Forecasters have said it could turn towards Florida over the weekend, with officials already evacuating some places, urging holiday makers to go home and closing down schools.
Stars have been sharing their thoughts on social media, with Missy Elliott writing that she was “praying for safety” for those in the path of the Category 5 hurricane.
She wrote: “Praying 4 safety 4 those in the path of the new Hurricane Irma. I pray it passes over or weakens, grab an emergency kit just incase & stock up,” before adding: “Prayers for these islands who are going through this #HurricaneIrma especially the island of Barbuda who seem to lost contact 4hrs ago.”
Josh Gad also stated that the warning “was no joke,” while Kristen Bell noted: “I’m currently in Ft. Lauderdale FL, evacuating tomorrow morning- If ur in an evac zone- don’t wait this out. Get inland asap.”
Jaimie Alexander urged people to act now, posting: “Sending my love, my thoughts, and my prayers to all in Hurricane Irma’s path. Please don’t wait to evacuate.”
Ashley Greene “sent love and well wishes to all her friends and family back home,” before she said: “Be prepared and stay safe!”
Ricky Martin also urged people to “keep in touch,” as he sent his well wishes.
Actor Robert De Niro, who is a principal in Barbuda’s Paradise Found Nobu Resort, issued a statement about the devastation the hurricane caused to that island. “We are beyond saddened to learn of the devastation in Barbuda caused from Hurricane Irma and look forward to working with the Paradise Found Nobu Resort team, the Barbuda Council, GOAB and the entire Barbuda community to successfully rebuild what nature has taken away from us,” said De Niro.