As Hurricane Irma continues its deadly path toward the U.S. mainland, many are seeking refuge further north, including in the Big Apple.

A Category Five storm, Irma is headed to Florida with heavy rains and winds of as strong as 185 miles per hour.

A Hurricane Watch is now in effect for the Florida Keys and parts of South Florida.

Highways are packed with motorists trying to leave the Sunshine State, or at least go as north as possible.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the state is doing all it can to relieve fuel shortages and traffic jams, including having the police escort fuel trucks to stations.

He also said the storm should be taken seriously.

"Miami-Dade will have major hurricane impacts with deadly storm surge -- deadly storm surge and life-threatening winds. We can expect this all along the east -- the entire East Coast," Scott said.

Gas and water are not the only things in short supply in Florida.  

Airline tickets out of the Sunshine State are also hard to come by.

Right now, Miami Airport remains open but with long lines.

NY1 caught up with some travelers Thursday at LaGuardia Airport who are worried about their property but happy they got out.

"No gas, no water, so it was crazy," said one flyer.

"My husband's with my oldest son flying right now. I just flew with my two little ones. My grandmother and my sister-in-law are in another flight and we're all meeting somewhere in the city," said another flyer.

Amid accusations of price gouging, some airlines, including JetBlue, began capping the price of airline tickets out of Florida.

The storm's wrath can already be seen on St. Maarten and Saint-Barth, where authorities said there have been a number of deaths.

Irma is also blamed for the death of a 2-year-old child on the small island of Barbuda.

90 percent of buildings on the island have been damaged, and more than half of the Barbuda's 1,400 residents are now homeless.

In Puerto Rico, power has been knocked out to more than a million people.

Commercial flights are not running to and from the Island.

In the U.S. Virgin Islands, resorts and homes in St. Thomas had the roofs torn off and suffered structural damage.