Florida Governor Rick Scott: ‘Time is Up; Leave Now’

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Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott tweeted a serious warning to residents of Florida, as Hurricane Matthew approaches The Sunshine State, telling Floridians that “This is going to kill people.”  At 9:55 AM ET, on Thursday, Gov. Scott wrote, “Time is up, Hurricane Matthew is approaching Florida. If you are in an evacuation zone, leave now.”

Rick Scott’s tweet takes you to a message notifying Floridians that he has activated an additional 1,000 members of the Florida National Guard, bringing the total to 2,500. The announcement stated that there are 4,000 National Guard members ready to be deployed if needed and that there are currently 1.5 million Floridians under evacuation orders.

Additionally, Scott urged residents in the areas at risk “evacuate” and that “time is up,” while listing the counties at risk and under evacuation plans and urged Floridians to go to  FloridaEvacuates.com or download the Florida-Evacuates app to enter their location and see shelters available in their area.

“Time is up.  You have to evacuate now if you are in an evacuation zone.  To everyone on Florida’s east coast, if you are reluctant to evacuate, just think of all the people the Hurricane has already killed.  You and your family could be among these numbers if you don’t take this seriously.

I have activated another 1,000 members of the National Guard.  Per my direction, there are over 2,500 National Guard members who are helping with evacuations and sheltering and are positioned to help with response as soon as the storm hits.  We are adding more troops due to the severity and magnitude of this storm.

Based on the current forecast, the heights of storm surge will be above ground.  Waves will be crashing on roofs. Homes will be destroyed. This is deadly.  We have suspended tolls, doubled the amount of shelters and are making sure we keep the roads as clear as possible.  There is absolutely no reason not to leave.  If you chose to stay and try to ride the storm out, your life is at risk.”

Gov. Rick Scott listed the following evacuations that are currently under evacuation:

  • Brevard County: Mandatory Evacuations of Merritt Island, barrier island, low-lying areas and mobile homes.
  • Broward County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for mobile homes and low lying areas.
  • Clay County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • DeSoto County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for manufactured homes, RVs and low lying areas.
  • Duval County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • Flagler County: Mandatory evacuations have begun.
  • Indian River: Mandatory evacuations have begun for barrier islands, mobile homes, and low lying areas.
  • Martin County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for barrier islands, low-lying areas, and mobile homes.
  • Miami-Dade County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for mobile homes, low-lying, and unstable structures.
  • Nassau County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • Palm Beach County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for barrier islands, mobile homes, substandard housing, flood prone areas, and those living in high rises close to the Intracoastal Waterway. Mandatory evacuations begin today.
  • Johns County: Mandatory evacuation orders have begun.
  • Lucie County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for barrier islands, mobile homes, and low lying areas.  Mandatory evacuations begin today.
  • Volusia County: Mandatory evacuations have begun for barrier islands, low-lying areas, and mobile homes.

“This is going to kill people,” Scott said of Hurricane Matthew at the press conference, in which he, once again, sounded the alarm for residents to evacuate. In the wake of what he called a “life-threatening storm,” he urged residents to have at least a three-day supply of food, water, and medicine. “Charge your phone,” he added.

Scott said that winds are currently 125 miles-per-hour and are expected to strengthen as the Hurricane gets closer to the Florida coast, with rain anywhere from 4 to 12 inches and storm surges rising from 5 to 9 feet above ground.

Scott urged Floridians to visit  FloridaEvacuates.com or download the Florida-Evacuates app to enter their location and see shelters available in their area.

The Weather Channel is reporting that Hurricane Matthew is a category three hurricane and is expected to make landfall as a category four late Thursday night or early Friday morning. The evacuation in Florida is easily the biggest evacuation since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

About the Author

Matthew K. Burke
Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.
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