Gov. Rick Scott said he didn’t know how many people would be ordered to leave the coastline because it is left up to individual counties. So far, only Brevard and Martin counties have issued mandatory evacuation orders.
“When you look at this storm as it goes along the East Coast, we’re going to have to prepare every county, so it could be the biggest evacuation ever. Every county is focused on it though. We’ve been working on it even before today,” Scott said.
Scott said the state is preparing for the worst and hoping for the best, 1010 WINS’ Steve Kastenbaum reported.
Matthew was a dangerous and life-threatening Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 120 mph, and it was expected to be very near Florida’s Atlantic coast by Thursday evening.It could become the first major hurricane to blow ashore in the U.S. since Wilma slashed across Florida in 2005.
"I cannot emphasize enough that everyone in our state must prepare now for a direct hit," Gov. Rick Scott said in a Wednesday press conference. "If Matthew directly impacts Florida, there will be massive destruction that we haven’t seen in years. This is a deadly storm approaching our state."
The stern warnings came from everywhere – especially weather forecasters.
"Extremely dangerous and life-threatening wind is possible," wrote the National Weather Service's Melbourne office in a forecast discussion. "Failure to adequately shelter may result in serious injury, loss of life or immense human suffering."
There is even a chance that the deadly Hurricane could loop back and strike Florida twice...