Florida Gov. Rick Scott didn’t mince words when he urged residents to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Matthew on Thursday morning.
“Unfortunately, this is going to kill people,” he said at a press conference.
About two million people from Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina were encouraged to evacuate inland on Thursday as Matthew approached. The hurricane has caused 16 deaths in the Carribbean after the powerful storm barreled through Haiti, Cuba, and the Bahamas.
“There are no excuses, you need to leave. Evacuate, evacuate, evacuate,” Scott said. “Are you willing to take a chance, to risk your life? Are you willing to take a gamble? That’s what you are doing. If you are reluctant to evacuate, just think of all the people this storm has already killed. You and your family could be among these numbers if you don’t take this seriously.”
Scott declared a state of emergency in every Florida county on Monday due to the storm.