In the days and hours leading up to Hurricane Matthew directly threatening the state of Florida, Governor Rick Scott has been traversing the state giving updates and warnings about the dangers that Floridians will be facing.
During a briefing at the state Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee, Florida, Scott use forceful language that set the tone for the language other politicians and newscasters would use to describe the dangers associated with the storm.
“This storm will kill you…”If you’re in an evacuation area, get out. Don’t take a chance…Do not surf. Do not go to the beach. This will kill you.”-Gov. Rick Scott
‘This moves 20 miles to the West, and you and everyone you know are dead.” Fox News Anchor Shepard Smith
We’ll Need Body Bags If People Don’t Evacuate.”-Martin County Sheriff William Snyder
The Weather Channel is everyone’s go-to source for hurricane updates, so it was no surprise to hear several of the embedded meteorologists use the same descriptive language.
Do you blame them?
People tend to think it would be cool to ride out a storm, and don’t listen to authorities to evacuate. These are usually the people that are killed or need to be rescued by law enforcement once the storm strikes.
After hours and hours of giving updates using the same data available for a storm traveling 14 mph , these reporters were running out of things to say.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Matthew has left a trail of “death and destruction” in Cuba, The Bahamas, and in Haiti, where over 250 people are reported dead.
South Florida faired well, as it avoided the hurricane’s “wrath.”
Next stop for the Matthew will be the First Coast of Florida.