Update October 4, 11 .a.m.: NOAA has put the area of the Florida Keys until Deerfield Beach under a tropical storm warning.
Miamians still aren't sure whether to prepare for the beach this weekend or to get ready for a
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) has not yet issued a hurricane warning for any parts of the state — those warnings are typically sent out about 36 hours before the storm is expected to make landfall. A warning for "life-threatening rain,
"Interests elsewhere in Hispaniola, the Bahamas, and in the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys should monitor the progress of Matthew," the NOAA said today.
The alert warns that Matthew is expected to make a northwest turn Wednesday
Just before the warning was issued, Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in every county in Florida:
I have declared a state of emergency in every Florida county due to the severity and magnitude of Hurricane Matthew.— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) October 3, 2016
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Visit https://t.co/h6l6GrXeXQ and be prepared with at least 3 days of food & water, medications, and a fully charged cell phone.— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) October 3, 2016
Though declaring an emergency in every single county in Florida may seem like overkill, the order frees up money and resources the state can use to prepare in advance.
"Hurricane Matthew is a life-threatening category four hurricane and we must all take it seriously," he said in a release. "If Hurricane Matthew directly impacts Florida, there could be massive destruction which we haven’t seen since Hurricane Andrew devastated Miami-Dade County in 1992. That is why we cannot delay and must prepare for direct impact now."
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