With Hurricane Florence still fresh in the minds of North Carolinians, Gov. Roy Cooper urged state residents to prepare for another storm.
Gov 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".
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.
He added it may be the most destructive storm that the Florida Panhandle has seen in decades.
He said: "We don't know if it's going to wipe out our house or not". "That's the criticality of following directions".
Governor Rick Scott warned residents to get out of the way, saying on Tuesday: "This is a monstrous storm".
"I am extremely concerned that the delays we are seeing with local efforts will result in a risky situation", he continued in the email, which was first reported by Politico Florida.
Of the elderly and infirm patients, Scott had a blunt message for their caregivers: "If you're responsible for a patient, you're responsible for the patient".
"I feel like that they should've provided something", she said. "You need to evacuate if you're ordered to do so". It's as simple as that.
"Minimal impact" is a lousy title for an action film but a good prediction for a hurricane, and that's what Ricketts said was coming to the D.C. area. By that time, Michael is forecast to have winds of 125 miles per hour. A particularly risky aspect of Opal was its storm surge, with the sea rising 8-14 feet east of the storm center as it came ashore.
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The governor's office cautioned that flash flooding and tornadoes are possible with any hurricane. Some of Michael's moisture will be drawn northward, meaning periods of rain for us Thursday. But despite that, Michael has the potential to become a major hurricane, possibly a Category 3.
If Michael is a Category 2 storm, it will bring winds of 96 to 110 miles per hour and can be expected to produce extensive property damage. Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 35 miles (56 kilometers) from the core and tropical-storm-force winds out 175 miles (280 kilometers).
Michael was lashing western Cuba on Monday with heavy rains and strong winds. Severe storm surge is a possibility over a large portion of the Florida panhandle, with the highest surge expected to the right of the storm's track.
A hurricane Warning was issued from the Alabama-Florida border eastward to Suwannee River.
Hurricane Michael passed through western Cuba on Monday evening and is projected to hit Florida's Panhandle on Wednesday afternoon.
Neighbors in Alabama - the entire state is under an emergency declaration - also were bracing.
He also wrote that he had told local officials multiple times that if they "did not get their mission and commodity requests in [by Monday night], it is unlikely that we can fulfill those requests before the onset of the storm". Some areas could see up to 4 inches of rain. It would head off the Mid-Atlantic coast by Friday, the NHC said.
Key among these is the pace that hurricane Michael is moving at, meaning it will not drop the massive amounts of rainfall that the Carolina's experienced with Florence.
Some 120,000 residents were under mandatory evacuation orders in Bay County in the panhandle, a low-lying area of beachfront resorts and retirement communities.
The storm is a category three out of five on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale.
There will be no shelters open in Wakulla County, the sheriff's office warned on Facebook, because they are rated safe only for hurricanes with top sustained winds below 111 miles per hour (178 kph). Because he owns two businesses in the area, Givens, who lives inland, said he was not evacuating. "The state is not taking this storm lightly and neither should any family".
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