The full scope of the hurricane has yet to be determined, but it has already claimed at least two lives.
The National Hurricane Center says that as of 8 p.m.
Tuesday, there are currently more than 40 fatalities, including five deaths in Texas.
The National Weather Service is predicting another 15 fatalities by Tuesday evening.
The National Weather Center says it is extremely likely that there will be at least five deaths.
The Texas Emergency Management Agency says there are a total of seven fatalities.
A total of 11 deaths have been confirmed in the Bahamas.
Officials say at least 17 people have died in Florida and Puerto Rico.
The Florida Department of Emergency Management says that at least 10 deaths have occurred in the state and that it is investigating three deaths in Florida.
A spokesman for the National Hurricane Centers office in Miami said that the hurricane was “extremely active” in Florida, with gusts of up to 80 mph, and that the storm was moving northwest at an average speed of 55 mph.
He added that the National Weather Forecast Office in Miami is warning of a strong hurricane on Wednesday.
The Miami Herald reports that Florida Gov.
Rick Scott has issued an evacuation order for the Florida Keys and that all nonessential travel in the Keys will be suspended until further notice.
Scott is warning residents to prepare for a “high risk” hurricane.
He said that it will be “extremely difficult to navigate the storm and storm surge,” but that the state’s infrastructure has been in place to handle any storm surge.
Scott said that “it’s not going to be an easy storm” but that he was confident that it would be a “once-in-a-lifetime event.”
Scott also said that he will have a briefing for people at a later date.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.