NASSAU COUNTY, Fla.- Florida Governor Rick Scott says evacuation orders for some of the state's East Coast communities may be issued later Tuesday ahead of the approach of Hurricane Matthew. The governor made the announcement while speaking at the Nassau County Emergency Management office on Tuesday afternoon.
"This is a deadly storm approaching our state. I cannot stress that enough." Governor Scott said.
Scott says Floridians living in coastal areas should make a plan and know where they would evacuate to now, rather than waiting until an evacuation order is lifted.
Scott says if an evacuation is ordered, the state has plans to turn some highways into one way going away from the coast.
He also urged Floridians in the potential path of the storm to prepare themselves with hurricane supplies including three days worth of food and water.
Scott says the state is keeping an eye on price gouging on supplies and fuel but so far they have seen no reports.
Matthew made landfall as a Category Four storm packing 145 mile per hour sustained winds and gusts up to 175 MPH in Haiti early Tuesday. The storm came out of Haiti without losing any strength.
Current forecast models keep the storm close to Florida but just off the east coast, meaning coastal areas of the state will certainly be impacted. Some models have the storm making a landfall in Central Florida and moving north, hugging the coast.
The governor declared a state of emergency for the entire state Monday. The State of Emergency allows the governor's office to deploy resources including the National Guard ahead of a potential storm impact. Power companies including Florida Power and Light are adding resources ahead of the storm.