Gov. Rick Scott Urging South Florida Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Matthew

Governor Rick Scott is urging residents to stay alert and be prepared in case South Florida winds up in the path of Hurricane Matthew.

As of Sunday, Hurricane Matthew is a Category 4 storm swirling across the Caribbean Sea on track towards Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba.

"This storm is catastrophic, and if it hits our state, we could see impacts that we have not seen in many years," Scott said.

Scott adds the even if the storm's projected path is just east of Florida, no one should take it lightly.

Scott said residents should stay alert and listen to local officials for protective actions and emergency messages. He is advising everyone to get prepared before the weekend is over.

"Make sure to have three days of food and water, flashlights, batteries and a battery powered radio," Scott said.

Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon said: "Hurricane Matthew continues to pose a significant threat to Florida. I encourage everyone to take this potential threat seriously.

Both Scott and Koon request that residents take time to ensure them and their family have a plan to remain safe.

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