Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott issued a dire warning to Florida residents Tuesday morning ahead of landfall by Hurricane Michael, telling residents along the coast they “cannot survive” Michael’s expected storm surge.
Scott highlighted the storm surge expected to come in with the hurricane. (RELATED: Florida Governor Issues State Of Emergency Ahead Of Hurricane Michael)
“With Irma last year, it was 9 feet down in the Keys and water just flows in fast and sucks everything out,” Scott told ABC News in a Tuesday morning interview. “You cannot survive this. No one is going to survive if you get 7, 10 [feet of storm surge]. You’re not going to survive this. Don’t take a chance.”
“The potential of 12 feet of storm surge in some areas is just deadly,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott tells @RobinRoberts on @GMA as #HurricaneMichael continues to strengthen. https://t.co/9eCMTA3krl pic.twitter.com/KG3T0HdEU1
— ABC News (@ABC) October 9, 2018
Florida authorities are working throughout the panhandle of Florida to evacuate people as quickly as possible and make sure others away from the coast have plenty of fuel and resources nearby, Scott said.
“Think about your family — don’t take a chance. What if it is worse than what they think? I mean, this storm is monstrous,” Scott said. “We haven’t seen anything like this in the panhandle in decades. And if you take the part of this that is going to hit, it’s a very low-lying area, the water is going to come in quite a ways, it’s going to come in miles because it’s very low-lying.”
Michael is expected to hit Florida along the northern Gulf Coast Wednesday as a Category 3 hurricane with “dangerous storm surge flooding, destructive winds and flooding rainfall,” according to The Weather Channel.
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