The red tide in the Gulf of Mexico off southwest Florida that began last October after Hurricane Irma swept up the state has killed massive amounts of marine life and caused respiratory irritations in people. The threat along the coast includes serious storm surge. "That's the criticality of following directions". Interests from southeast Louisiana to western Florida should prepare for the storm.
Much of the state saw the "real thing" a year ago, when Hurricane Irma force more than 6 million evacuations, flooded cities and left millions without power.
"My expectation is if you're responsible for a patient, you're responsible for the patient. Take care of them", he said. It's a good idea to make sure all of your devices are charged, you have flashlights, and batteries and power outages are likely.
The storm will bring an 8-12 foot storm surge.
"This storm will be life-threatening and extremely unsafe", Scott said Sunday following a briefing at the State Emergency Operations Center. "Do not think you can survive it". "There's nothing between us and this storm but warm water and I think that's what terrifies us about the potential impacts".
We'll find out later this week how severe this storm shall be, but for now, it's time to batten down those hatches. Our southwestern counties could even see hurricane force wind gusts of over 74 miles per hour.
A statement from Ivey's office warns of possible wide-spread power outages, wind damage and debris as the result of high winds and heavy rain.
Michael was expected to make landfall Wednesday in parts of the Panhandle where county jail inmates were enlisted last week to help clean up fish killed by the red tide.
A hurricane warning has been issued for the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio and tropical storm warnings are in effect for the Cuban province of Isle of Youth and the Mexican coast from Tulum to Cabo Catoche.
Tens of thousands of people in Florida have been ordered to evacuate, while Florida's governor warned that the hurricane "could be devastating". A hurricane watch has been posted for the northeast Gulf Coast from the Alabama/Florida border to Suwanee River, Florida, including Pensacola, Panama City and Tallahassee.
A northward to north-northwestward track at a slightly faster speed is expected through Tuesday night, followed by a northeastward motion on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
As the storm moved north it battered Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba with drenching rains and winds of up to 130 kph, the Miami-based hurricane center said. The storm was centered about 30 miles northwest off the western tip of Cuba and about 520 miles south of Apalachicola, which is in the Panhandle.
"This storm will bring torrential rain, heavy winds and unsafe storm surges to many areas of our state", he tweeted.
Hurricane Michael could bring tropical storm force winds, so residents of the area are encouraged to secure any loose objects.
Speaking alongside emergency officials in Pasco County, Scott said Monday he's waiving tolls.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday declared a state of emergency for the entire state as the storm pushes its way toward the southern U.S.
Forecasters advised residents along the northeastern and central US Gulf Coast to monitor the storm's progress.
Outer rain bands from Michael are already affecting the Florida Keys and estimated two to four inches of rainfall are likely there today.
It is expected to be a violent Category 3 hurricane - with the power to uproot trees, block roads and knock out power for days - by the time it hits Florida on Wednesday, before moving across the southeastern United States through Thursday.