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"Do not take a chance" on Michael: FL governor

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Published on October 8, 2018 - Duration: 00:42s

"Do not take a chance" on Michael: FL governor

Florida Governor Rick Scott urges residents in the state's Panhandle to prepare for tropical storm Michael, which could make landfall as a major hurricane.

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"Do not take a chance" on Michael: FL governor

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Florida Governor Rick Scott urged residents in the state's Panhandle on Monday to prepare for tropical storm Michael, which could make landfall as a major hurricane.

It has the potential to pack winds of at least 100 miles per hour (160 km per hour), the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

The tropical storm is expected to swell into a Category 1 hurricane as soon as Monday night as it rolls into the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, with winds of 70 mph, forecasters said.

Michael could reach or be close to a Category 3 by Tuesday night or Wednesday.

A storm is designated a Category 1 hurricane if it reaches speeds of 74 mph (119 kph) or more, and a Category 3 hurricane at 111 mph (178 kph) or more on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale.

After hitting Florida, Michael will move north-eastward across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday, according to the NHC.

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in more than 20 counties along the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend on Sunday.

He advised Gulf Coast residents to prepare for possible evacuation orders and has put more than 5,000 National Guard soldiers on alert.

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