Gov. Rick Scott advised Floridians to remain vigilant as the National Hurricane Center upgraded Hurricane Matthew to a major Category 4 storm.
Matthew, with maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour, was forecast to pass east of the state, but that shouldn’t be grounds for complacency, Scott said.
“We all know that the track of these storms can quickly change, which is why it is imperative that all Floridians and visitors continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew and make sure to have a plan in place in the event of severe weather,” Scott said.
“If you don’t have a plan, please visit FLGetAPlan.com so that you and your family can get prepared.”
Staff in the State Emergency Operations Center will brief Scott on the storm’s progress through the weekend, the governor said.