At a briefing in Tallahassee this morning, Gov. Rick Scott said that the involvement of the Florida National Guard is being expanded in advance of Hurricane Michael’s landfall, and that the state has been monitoring fuel distribution but so far has not seen any evidence of widespread fuel shortages or outages. However, in Tallahassee this morning, cars were lined up at gas stations before 7am.
Scott said that his main concern is the rapidly developing storm surge which the National Weather Service estimates could reach 8 to 12 feet between Indian Pass in Gulf County and Cedar Key in Levy County, and too 6 feet from Citrus County to the Okaloosa-Walton County Line.
“Hurricane Michael is a massive storm that could bring total devastation to parts of our state, especially in the Panhandle,” Scott said.
Tolls have been lifted in Northwest Florida to ease evacuation and state offices in 35 counties have been closed. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has 120 wildlife officers ready for search and rescue missions. Florida Highway Patrol has 350 troopers working 12-hour shifts.
Gulf Power has 3,000 personnel on standyby.