State of emergency declared in Florida as Hurricane Matthew nears

| October 4, 2016


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for every Florida county as Hurricane Matthew moves closer to the sunshine state.

The 11 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center shows Matthew as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph. Matthew is 190 miles SW of Port Au Prince, Haiti, moving N at 7 mph.

“Direct hurricane impacts are possible in Florida later this week. Tropical storm and/or hurricane watches are likely tomorrow morning for portions of the Florida peninsula and the Florida Keys,” the NHC wrote in their 11 p.m. discussion.

Governor Scott met with emergency management officials Monday at the City of Hialeah Emergency Operations Center.

Governor Scott said, “Hurricane Matthew is a life-threatening category four hurricane and we must all take it seriously. If Hurricane Matthew directly impacts Florida, there could be massive destruction which we haven’t seen since Hurricane Andrew devastated Miami-Dade County in 1992. That is why we cannot delay and must prepare for direct impact now. Today, I signed an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency in every Florida county to ensure we have resources for evacuations, sheltering and other logistical needs across our state. We are preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best and we will not take any chances to ensure our state is prepared.”

To read Governor Scott’s executive order, click here.

(WCTV Eyewitness News)

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  1. ABL says:

    Since Valdosta is in the brightest lime greed area does that mean a tornado area?