MIAMI - Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a State of Emergency for all of Florida's 67 counties ahead of the potential impact of Hurricane Matthew on the State.
"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.
Matthew is currently near Haiti and Cuba, packing winds of 140 miles per hour.
Current forecast models keep the storm close to Florida but just off the east coast, meaning coastal areas of the state will certainly be impacted.
“Although Matthew is not currently projected to directly impact Florida, we all know how quickly the track of these storms can change. 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. Once severe weather comes, our first responders will not be able to rescue you until the weather subsides," Scott said.
The State of Emergency allows the governor's office to deploy resources including the National Guard ahead of a potential storm impact. Power companies including Florida Power and Light are adding resources ahead of the storm.