The Marlins and Nationals played in a nearly empty stadium in Miami with Hurricane Irma looming

The Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals squared off in a nearly empty Marlins Park on Wednesday as Hurricane Irma bears down on south Florida.

State officials have already issued evacuation orders to residents in the Florida's most vulnerable areas, including Miami Beach and other barrier islands along the state's east coast.

Irma — a Category 5 hurricane that forecasters are calling one of the strongest storms in Atlantic history — has already ravaged islands in the Caribbean and is expected to reach Florida this weekend.

With the hurricane looming, it's understandable if Marlins fans had bigger things on their mind on Wednesday. Photos from the game showed an unusually thin crowd 15 minutes before the first pitch:

Things didn't look any better by the time the game got underway:

And here's a look at the crowd around the game's midway point:

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Marlins, Nationals play before nearly empty crowd ahead of Hurricane Irma
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Marlins, Nationals play before nearly empty crowd ahead of Hurricane Irma
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 06: Fans watch during a game between the Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park on September 6, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 06: Fans watch during a game between the Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park on September 6, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 06: Fans watch during a game between the Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park on September 6, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 06: Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals hits an RBI single in the first inning during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 6, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 06: Trea Turner #7 of the Washington Nationals slides home in the first inning during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 6, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 06: Marcell Ozuna #13 of the Miami Marlins hits during a game against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park on September 6, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Attendance figures for Wednesday's game are not yet available, but the turnout is clearly lower than the Marlins' average of 20,000 this year. The team regularly ranks among the worst in attendance in Major League Baseball, although Wednesday's turnout warrants no criticism.

Wednesday's game is the Marlins' last in Miami before Hurricane Irma is expected to hit. The team is traveling to Atlanta and Philadelphia for a seven-game road trip and is scheduled to play its first game back in Miami on September 15.

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