Days after announcing a state of emergency for the sunshine state’s panhandle, news has just broken that Hurricane Michael has grown to a category 4.
During a morning briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee, Florida Governor Rick Scott commented that “As soon as Michael passes we will have a massive wave of response and support coming down around the Panhandle.” And, he also mentioned that residents who hadn’t left the area should not attempt to do so because “It’s too late to get out.”
In addition, forecasters have informed that the storm surge will be between 9 and 13 feet, which will inundate areas that are miles off the coast. This, Governor Scott says is a major fear for him.
He further explained, “That means the water will come miles in shore and could easily rise over the roofs of houses. Take this seriously keep your family safe.”
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Governor Scott also had warnings for residents after the storm passed, saying that they should be wary of downed power lines and standing water because the storm passing doesn’t mean that danger has ended.
He detailed that “You do not want to be the person who survives the storm just to put your life or your family’s life at risk because you didn’t listen to local officials.”