Florida governor expresses his concerns over Hurricane Michael

Weather forecast: PM thunderstorms expected

Forecasters expected it to hit the coast later in the day and warned of devastating winds and unsafe storm surge of 12 feet or higher. "There's nothing between us and this storm but warm water' and I think that's what terrifies us about the potential impacts".

Florida officials said roughly 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast had been urged or ordered to evacuate.

Governor Scott warned in a news conference that Hurricane Michael is a "massive storm that could bring total devastation to parts of our state, especially in the panhandle".

"No one's going to survive" such a wall of water, he said.

Overnight Tuesday, Florida Gov.

On Tuesday, Gov Scott said he activated 2,500 Florida National Guard troops in preparation for the storm.

"We've been through this before", she said. The areas from Chassahowitzka to Anna Maria Island and between the Alabama-Florida border and the Okaloosa-Walton county line could see 2 feet to 4 feet of storm surge. "But in my experience, it's always blown way out of proportion". Mandatory evacuation orders went into effect Tuesday morning for some 120,000 people in Panama City Beach and across other low-lying parts of the coast as the hurricane approaches. That included Pensacola Beach but not in Pensacola itself, a city of about 54,000. He added that people will "not be dragged out of their homes", but if they choose to stay they will be doing so at their own peril.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Florida's Democratic nominee for governor, helped people fill sandbags. Michael was moving north at 12 miles per hour (19 kph) and is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and heavy rain to the northeastern Gulf Coast.

Forecasters said it could bring 3 to 6 inches of rain to Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia, triggering flash flooding in a corner of the country still recovering from Florence.

Disaster agencies in El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua reported 13 deaths as roofs collapsed and residents were carried away by swollen rivers.

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