Although the ultimate path that hurricane Matthew takes is still uncertain, the latest model runs move its track ominously further west which could threaten Florida's east coast later this week and the Carolinas by the weekend.
All of this could change again over the next couple of days, but the Governors of Florida and North Carolina have already put the gears in motion to deal with the possibility of a land-falling hurricane.
Governor Rick Scott's office released the following statement late this afternoon:
HIALEAH, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today visited the City of Hialeah Emergency Operations Center to meet with emergency management officials as the state prepares for Hurricane Matthew, a life-threatening category four storm. Governor Scott also signed Executive Order 16-230 declaring a state of emergency for every Florida county due to the severity and magnitude of Hurricane Matthew.
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The NWS and NOAA have issued the following Key Messages based on the 5pm advisory.
Frankly, given the size and strength of this storm and the amount of uncertainty on its future track, everyone in Florida and much of the Southeastern United States needs to be alert, aware, and making preparations should the storm impact their area.