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Michael poses a deadly threat, Florida Governor Rick Scott says

Posted at 12:25 PM, Oct 09, 2018

Governor Rick Scott has been crisscrossing parts of Florida warning residents to prepare for Hurricane Michael.

"Hurricane Michael is a massive storm that could bring total devastation to parts of our state, especially in the Panhandle. Think about the destruction we've seen before with storms like Hurricane Irma. Hurricane Michael poses a deadly threat. And as it grows stronger, we can expect it to make landfall as a major Category 3 storm on Wednesday along the Gulf Coast," Governor Scott said.

He is urging people who have been told to evacuate to leave. 

Gov. Scott characterized Hurricane Michael's approach as a "serious and life-threatening situation," and he urged Floridians not to take any chances.

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