Residents in the Sunshine State received stern warnings Wednesday from officials who urged everyone expected to see impacts from Hurricane Matthew to prepare as if their life depended on it. “I cannot emphasize enough that everyone in our state must prepare now for a direct hit,” Gov. Rick Scott said in a Wednesday press conference. “If Matthew directly impacts Florida, there will be massive destruction that we haven’t seen in years.

This is a deadly storm approaching our state.” The stern warnings came from everywhere – especially weather forecasters. “Extremely dangerous and life-threatening wind is possible,” wrote the National Weather Service’s Melbourne office in a forecast discussion. “Failure to adequately shelter may result in serious injury, loss of life or immense human suffering.” READ MORE