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Governor Rick Scott warns residents to prepare for 'monstrous storm' Hurricane Michael

Posted at 3:09 PM, Oct 08, 2018

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says Hurricane Michael is a "monstrous storm" that has the potential to be devastating to the Florida Panhandle.

The governor asked President Trump to declare a pre-landfall emergency for Florida ahead of Hurricane Michael's expected landfall.

The request is for 35 Florida counties: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Columbia, Hamilton, Suwanee, Lafayette, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy, Citrus, Pasco, Hernando, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Alachua, Union, Bradford and Baker counties.

Speaking alongside emergency officials in Pasco County, Scott said Monday he's waiving tolls.  

The governor warns that storm surge could be as high as 8-10 feet (2.4-3 meters) in some parts of the Panhandle and 2-4 feet (0.6-1.2 meters) in the Tampa Bay area. Scott is urging people along the Gulf Coast to finish their storm preparations Monday evening.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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