Florida Governor declares state of emergency; too early to assess possible impact on Miami Carnival

Monday, October 3, 2016 - 13:45

Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency throughout all of Florida as category 4 Hurricane Matthew approaches the US state.

It comes as thousands of T&T nationals prepare to travel to Miami this coming weekend for the annual Miami Carnival.

There has been NO INDICATION whether the state of emergency or the hurricane will affect the weekend's festivities as it is still too early to tell.

Governor Scott signed Executive Order 16-230 declaring a state of emergency for every Florida county due to the severity and magnitude of Hurricane Matthew, according to a statement from his office.

Its states, "Hurricane Matthew is a life-threatening category four hurricane and we must all take it seriously."

In the release, Scott noted that if Hurricane Matthew directly hits Florida, the damage to the state could be similar to that experienced during Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

The state of emergency ensures all resources will be in place for evacuations, shelters and other necessities.

The release said the National Hurricane Center shows Florida could be impacted by the storm as early as Wednesday.

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