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Hurricane Matthew Has Sights Set on Florida, Second Hurricane in Past Month

October 6th, 2016 by flanews

The Governor started his day at the state’s Emergency Operations Center as Florida braced for Hurricane Matthew. Our Matt Galka was there.

 

Florida officials are stressing that Hurricane Matthew is not a storm to ignore.

“This storm has already claimed people’s lives, and it will do the same in Florida if people don’t take it seriously,” said Gov. Rick Scott (R-Florida).

Gov. Scott already declared an emergency in every county in the state ahead of a potential devastating impact and made sure to let people know that it was never too early to evacuate.

And after not seeing any hurricanes during his entire first term in office, Florida’s Governor will be seeing his second one in the past month.

Hurricane Hermine rolled through Tallahassee at the beginning of September – causing extensive damage and knocking out power to thousands. We asked the Governor if he learned anything from that experience that could be applied to Hurricane Matthew.

“Don’t’ just rely on the co-ops for the co-ops, the municipals for the municipals, and the big four for the big four utilities. I want them all to work together because we need power back quickly,” he said.

Dr. Lorilee Medders is an insurance expert from Florida State’s Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center.  She says there are plenty of people who might not know what to do if they have property damage

“People who have documentation ready, they have their policy ready, they have information that has their property’s inventory, they can get a quicker on the ground response, an actual payment of claims,” she said.

The storm has the potential to force a dip into the state’s catastrophe fund to help stabilize the insurance market. The good news – a lack of hurricanes has left the fund in good shape.

The Governor has suspended tolls for all roads that are in mandatory evacuation areas around the state.

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