Hurricane Matthew is massive in scale and extremely powerful. The forecast track of Hurricane Matthew has now shifted slightly Westward. This means it is forecast to come even closer to the state of Florida and the East coast. Any further Westward shifts have the potential to be catastrophic. EVERYONE MUST BE ALERT.
Once this storm exits Hispaniola, there will be little time left for preparation in the Bahamas, and in the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys. Keep a close eye.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has issued EXECUTIVE ORDER #16-230 A state of emergency for every county in Florida effective immediately. Every resident is urged to take immediate action to secure, at minimum, a 3 day supply of water, food and medicine. Visit FloridaDisaster.Org for more preparatory information and assistance; also FLGetaPlan.Com
Additionally, all residents in the path of the potential storm are requested to notify their friends or family of their specific action plans. The 5:00pm advisory from the National Hurricane Center is AVAILABLE HERE.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared Monday a state of emergency for every Florida county due to the severity of Hurricane Matthew.
Scott met Monday with emergency management officials at the city of Hialeah Emergency Operations Center as the state prepares for Matthew, which the National Hurricane Center reports is a major Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 140 mph.
“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,” Scott said. “We are preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best and we will not take any chances to ensure our state is prepared.”
Scott and the Florida Division of Emergency Management continue to actively monitor Hurricane Matthew and urge everyone in Florida to remain vigilant and take all necessary precautions as it moves through the Caribbean.
“As I said during Hurricane Hermine, we can rebuild a home or a business, but we cannot rebuild your life. The best way to prevent further loss is to get prepared now and take this storm seriously. Having a plan in place could mean the difference between life and death during severe weather, especially a major category four hurricane,” Scott said. “While there are no evacuation orders currently in place, this storm could threaten our state with very little notice and no one should be caught off guard. If an evacuation order is activated in your area, leave immediately.”
Scott said the state National Guard is standing ready to be deployed in needed.
“I am also in contact with the utilities across the state and will stay in communication with them regarding their plans if there are any power outages. We are taking steps to move additional fuel to the state’s east coast. On the Florida Turnpike, we also have extra fuel trucks on standby to get anywhere in our state,” Scott said.
The State Emergency Operations Center activated to Level 2. (read more)
Additionally, if the storm track shifts a few degrees further Westward, don’t be surprised if the Sunday Presidential Debate is not cancelled – if the timing remains consistent in the forecast the U.S. Eastern Seaboard could potentially be impacted.
Florida SERT Twitter Feed
National Hurricane Center
Latest Advisory HERE
Florida Preparation Link – HERE