Florida Gov. Rick Scott suspended his Senate campaign Sunday night after declaring a state of emergency in Florida.
Tropical Storm Michael is expected to make landfall this week as a Category 2 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center’s Monday morning advisory.
Tropical Storm #Michael is strengthening and it is almost a hurricane. Hurricane and tropical storm watches are now in effect for portions of the Gulf Coast. Here are the 4 am CDT October 8th Key Messages. Go to https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb for more information. pic.twitter.com/BEkmH6UvQL— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) October 8, 2018
“This storm will be life-threatening and extremely dangerous,” Scott warned during a Sunday afternoon briefing. “This storm has the potential to bring devastating impacts to the Panhandle and Big Bend and every family must be prepared.”
In light of the impending storm, Scott has suspended his campaign, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Scott, a Republican, is running to unseat Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.
Tropical Storm Michael, which formed in the northwestern Caribbean Sea, has sustained winds of 70 miles per hour and is moving north toward U.S. landfall at 7 mph.
As of Monday morning, Michael was situated about 100 miles south-southwest of the western tip of Cuba.