Scott Says Irma Could Impact Both Coasts


Florida Governor Rick Scott says the state's top priority right now is getting fuel to residents so they can get out Hurricane Irma's way. Irma remains a dangerous life-threatening Category 5 storm as it heads toward Florida from the Caribbean. Speaking in Hialeah, Florida this morning, Scott says he's working to get federal rules and regulations waived to get as much fuel into the state as possible. This comes as long lines and fuel outages take place while Floridians rush to get out of Irma's path. He says heavy traffic is making it difficult for fuel trucks to get to stations. Mandatory evacuations are in place for the Florida Keys. Around 31-thousand people have left the keys since Wednesday. Scott says deadly storm surges and life-threatening winds could impact both sides of the coast. Irma should still be a Category 4 storm when it makes landfall near Miami sometime Saturday or Sunday.

Shelters might not be safe for everyone trying to ride out the storm in one Florida county. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd yesterday threatened to arrest any fugitives who show up at a shelter during Hurricane Irma. He says deputies will be checking IDs, and anyone with a warrant out for their arrest will be taken to the safe and secure shelter of the Polk County Jail. Judd says the action is necessary to keep the shelter safe, but Attorney General Pam Bondi tells the "Orlando Sentinel" no one should be turned away from a shelter.