Politico: Florida officials warn of 'deadly serious' hurricane10 October 2018 | 19:13 | FOCUS News Agency
"Those who have chosen not to evacuate that are on our coasts, it's too late," Scott said Wednesday on "Fox & Friends." "Twelve feet of storm surge, water is going to come up, it's going to cover your roof. You do not have a chance to survive that."
Michael was upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane overnight, just hours before it was scheduled to slam into Florida's coastline. The storm arrives weeks after another major hurricane, Florence, made landfall along the Atlantic coast, battering the Carolinas. President Donald Trump authorized a state of emergency in Florida for Michael, and Scott said he has called up 2,500 members of the National Guard and more than 1,000 rescue works to respond to the storm.
Still, Scott said those who stayed behind despite evacuation orders "are not going to survive it" if they go outside during the storm and that "it's too late to evacuate the coasts."
Evacuation orders were put in place mainly along the state's gulf coast, though Scott said several people ignored them, which is common in hurricane-prone areas. The storm will also likely hit major cities like Tallahassee, Scott said. The storm could also create tornadoes further east in the state.
"Don't go out in the middle of this," the governor said. "You are not going to survive it. It's deadly."
Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida also warned during an interview on CNN that those along the coast in Michael's path to get to higher ground, but noted that it's too late to evacuate.
The senator said that those inland, in places such as in Tallahassee, need to take precautions as well. He said that those residents will likely be without power for several weeks.
"This is deadly serious," he said.
Tallahassee, Florida, Mayor Andrew Gillum said that six shelters are opened in his community for those who evacuated to the state's capital, where the storm is expected to hit as it makes its way inland. More than 600 assets have been called in to help with Tallahassee's electric utility system following the storm, the mayor said.
Gillum, the Democratic candidate to be the next governor in Florida, praised the amount of contact the state government has had with local communities thus far, adding that there has been "an open line of communication" with Scott, the term-limited Republican governor he is campaigning to replace.
"I hope that that continues throughout, not just storm preparation, but also the recovery," Gillum said. "I think that that is what our citizens expect from us, for us to come together during these times. I'm certainly going to do my part to keep the governor updated with what we need so that assets can be coordinated."
Scott, too, is in the middle of a political campaign, running to unseat Nelson in next month's midterm elections.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), during an interview on Fox News, said he is concerned about the loss of life that will result from Hurricane Michael. He added that some Floridians couldn't afford to evacuate and urged residents to listen to local officials now.
Rubio urged those in the storm's path who still have "a chance to get out, you've been told to get out and you have a way to do it safely, at this point you should do it."
The senator also said he will be keeping a close eye on Interstate 10, which runs the length of the Florida panhandle, saying that there will be downed trees and signs on the road that will need to be cleared so assistance and aid can make its way to affected areas.
"This storm is a monstrosity at 145 miles per hour and won't weaken as it comes in," he said. "I'm deeply concerned a lot of people have not evacuated that were ordered to and some of them couldn't afford to. They didn't have cars or ways to get out... I'm very concerned about loss of life right now."
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