While Hurricane Florence is not expected to hit Florida, Gov. Rick Scott urged residents of the Sunshine State to be vigilant and prepared.
Scott was briefed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) on Hurricane Florence on Sunday. The storm is expected to grow in intensity on Monday and hit the southeastern coast–namely the Carolinas–later in the week.
“Currently, there is no part of Florida under a hurricane or tropical storm warning. According to the current National Weather Service forecast, the primary impact for Florence to Florida will be extremely dangerous surf conditions including life-threatening rip current along the east coast,” Scott’s office noted on Sunday.
The governor also weighed in on Sunday.
“This morning, I received a full briefing from the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Florence,” Scott said. “With Florence strengthening into a hurricane this morning and continuing to move east, Florida families need to remain alert and remember that storms like this can change course and strengthen at any moment.”
Scott stressed that Floridians should continue to monitor the hurricane and warned that it could still impact the Sunshine State despite current projections.
“While our state is not under any current weather advisories, in Florida, we know how quickly a major storm can shift its path and we cannot leave preparedness up to chance,” Scott said. “Now is the time to get prepared to make sure your family is safe. FDEM continues to be in contact with local emergency management officials in preparation for any impact Hurricane Florence may have on Florida. I urge every family to visit www.FloridaDisaster.org today to make an emergency preparedness plan and sign-up to receive emergency alerts and public safety notifications for your community.”
The governor will continue to receive updates on Hurricane Florence in the coming days.