Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday issued a dire warning to residents living in evacuation zones to leave immediately or risk death because of an impending hurricane set to make landfall in the state. Hurricane Matthew is bearing down on the state, and forecasters have predicted forceful winds and a storm surge of 5 to 9 feet starting early Friday. The storm is expected to hit Florida as a Category 4 hurricane.

“If you’re watching and you’re in an evacuation area, get out,” Scott said. “Don’t take a chance. Time is running out. This is clearly going to either have a direct hit or come right along our coast and we’re going to have hurricane-force winds. There are no excuses. You need to leave. Evacuate, evacuate, evacuate.” Scott stressed that it could be a matter of life and death. READ MORE