State of emergency declared ahead of Hurricane Michael

Florida Gov. Rick Scott joins "Good Morning America" as he calls on residents to prepare.
2:33 | 10/09/18

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Florida governor Rick Scott is declaring a state of emergency in 35 counties across that state calling on residents to prepare right now and he joins us now from Tallahassee. First of all, governor, I know it's a very busy morning for you and other authorities so we appreciate you spending time with us. I know how important it is to continue to get the word out. Can you tell us the latest preparations that are going on right now in your state? Sure, robin. We are about 12 hours away from starting to feel the impacts of this. I think -- we're working diligently to try to get everybody to understand. The potential of 12 feet of storm surge in some areas is deadly. Think about it. Those pictures of tsunamis coming in. That's, what, two or three feet and that's deadly. We'll see it along the panhandle. We haven't seen anything like this in the panhandle in decades? We know there have been mandatory as well as voluntary evacuations in those threatened areas. Do you anticipate there will be more evacuation orders? I'm talking to the local county, local sheriffs, the local mayors to make -- just push everybody to make sure to make decisions as quickly as possible. Don't want the roads to get clogged. Want to make sure we continue to have fuel across the state. With Irma last year it was nine fee down the keys and water flows in fast and sucks everything out. You cannot survive this. No one is going to survive, you know, if you get ten, you won't survive it. Don't take a chance. You are concerned and rightfully so. I don't have to tell you, you know there are many people who are in coastal areas and they say that they have evacuated before and nothing happened and they want to ride this one out. So, what is your specific message to those folks? Think about your family. Don't take a chance. You know, what if it's worse than what they think? This storm is monstrous. You know, robin, we haven't seen anything like this in the panhandle in decades. If you take the part of in that will hit, the water will come in quite a ways, could be miles because it's low lying. So don't -- why would you take a chance? Thank you, governor Scott. I hope people are listening in your state in that area and are listening to your words and I know that today is a day to take action and to get out of that area. Governor Scott, thank you very much, sir. Thanks, robin. You take care.

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