Residents putting on hurricane shutters on Wednesday (Credit: Getty Images)

Residents of Miami’s barrier islands and low-lying mainland areas worried about leaving their homes can stay put – for now.

County mayor Carlos Gimenez said no evacuation orders will be issued on Wednesday, but those living in the most vulnerable areas may still be asked to leave, according to the Miami Herald. An evacuation of storm-surge zones A and B would take about 26 hours.

Zone A includes Key Biscayne, north of Miami, and the coastal areas of southern Miami-Dade, while zone B includes Brickell, Miami Beach and other beachfront cities.

Still, residents of high-rises next to construction cranes may want to consider leaving their condos and apartments ahead of Hurricane Irma’s arrival. The 20 to 25 cranes in the city of Miami, which includes Brickell and downtown Miami, aren’t designed to withstand Hurricane Irma’s Category 5 winds.

Broward County has already begun urging residents to leave, issuing evacuations of those in coastal and low-lying areas and in mobile homes.

Along with residents and small businesses, major lodging real estate investment trusts could also be slammed this weekend if the storm makes landfall in South Florida.  [Miami Herald] – Katherine Kallergis