Gov. Scott gives update on Hurricane Irma preparations

Posted at 9:26 AM, Sep 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-06 12:39:01-04

Florida Gov. Rick Scott spoke Wednesday morning in Marathon, Fla., regarding storm preparations for Hurricane Irma.

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Scott reiterated residents to fill up their car with fuel, have three to four days of food and water per person and monitor evacuation routes.

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On Tuesday, Scott activated 100 members of the Florida National Guard to be deployed across the state, and 7,000 National Guard members were to report for duty Friday when the storm could be approaching the area. On Monday, Scott declared a state of emergency in all of Florida's 67 counties.

Officials in the Florida Keys geared up to get tourists and residents out of Irma's path, and the mayor of Miami-Dade County said people should be prepared to evacuate Miami Beach and most coastal areas.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez said the voluntary evacuations could begin as soon as Wednesday evening. He activated the emergency operation center and urged residents to have three days' worth of food and water.

The Hurricane Center in Miami said hurricane-force winds extended 50 miles (85 kilometers) from Irma's center and tropical storm-force winds extended 175 miles (280 kilometers).