On Monday morning, October 8, the troubling news was reported that Tropical Storm Michael had developed into a Category 1 hurricane. According to initial reports, the hurricane was expected to make landfall as a Category 3 hurricane as early as Wednesday.
As Hurricane Michael approaches the mainland, evacuations orders have finally been issued. The storm is projected to affect Florida, parts of the Carolinas, and Cuba. Now, Florida Governor Rick Scott has officially declared a state of emergency.
Governor Scott took to social media on Monday afternoon to urge residents to stock up on food, water, and medicine in preparation of Hurricane Michael.
He wrote, "EVERY FAMILY must be prepared. We can rebuild your home, but we cannot rebuild your life."
Below are the areas where evacuation orders were given as of Monday afternoon:
A voluntary evacuation order was issued for Hernando County in coast zone levels A and B.
A mandatory evacuation order was issued for Bay County for Tuesday morning at 6 a.m. This mandatory order includes three of the four zones including A, B, and C.
A mandatory evacuation order was issued for Wakulla County for Monday night at 8 p.m. This order includes Zone A, while residents living in mobile homes or weak structures in different zones were encouraged to evacuate as well.
Sheriff Jared Miller said, "Citizens that are evacuating should evacuate to an area outside of the storm's path. Neighboring counties will also be in the storm's path and at risk."
Additionally, residents in Santa Rosa and Leon County have been highly encouraged to evacuate, although no officials orders had been given.
We will continue to update with more information as Hurricane Michael moves closer to the mainland. Meanwhile, please be praying for everyone in the storm's path! Share your prayers here! In other recent news, Justice Kavanaugh just made history right after being sworn in. What did you think about his first move on the Supreme Court?