Florida Gov. issues stern warning of ‘KILLER’ Hurricane Irma

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Saturday morning, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) warned people in Florida that Hurricane Irma will be a “killer” storm with a far-reaching impact on the state. He said anyone in an evacuation zone should leave “now,” and reminded them that after the storm hits, law enforcement can’t save them.

People in Florida are bracing for Irma, a massive Category 4 hurricane. With 100 mile per hour winds and the potential for dangerously high storm surges, Irma is likely to wreak havoc in the state when it makes landfall. The latest estimates indicate that will happen early Sunday.

“People are going to shelters, but I just want to make sure everybody understands this is an unbelievable, massive, destructive storm, and it’s a killer,” Scott said while speaking to “CBS This Morning.”

Evacuation orders have been issued in south and central Florida. Scott said over 250 shelters are currently available, including schools which he shut down early on, in order to be prepared. He expects more shelters to be added, but reminded those in the evacuation zones to get to safety in order to keep their families in tact.

He warned of potential 12-foot storm surges, and said “you cannot survive this.”

“This is going to impact both of our coasts. This is a big, big, big storm,” Scott said. “But the storm surge is what really scares me.”

During a news conference, Scott said those in evacuation zones need to listen to evacuation orders.

“If you’ve been ordered to evacuate, you need to leave now. Do not wait. Not tonight, not in an hour, you need to go right now,” he urged.

Scott said that more than 5.6 million Floridians have been ordered to evacuate. According to some reports, some traffic was at a stand still as people from the state’s coastal towns and cities fled the area.

“You need to listen to local evacuation orders,” Scott continued.

Residents that live in evacuation zones in Southwest Florida need to be on the road by noon or find the nearest shelter “to avoid life threatening weather.” Scott said the winds will move faster than people might anticipate, and further warned those trying to evacuate that they would “have a hard time getting out” if they hadn’t started the trip by noon.

“Just remember this,” Scott said. “Once the storm starts, law enforcement cannot save you.”

One story of a Central Florida man who gave up a generator he was preparing to buy in preparation for the probable arrival of Hurricane Irma is being lauded as an act of selflessness in the face of certain disaster.

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