Scott also said Monday afternoon that state health officials are reaching out to hospitals and nursing homes to be prepared.
At this point, it will be the second hurricane to make landfall in the US this year. "Residents in these areas should monitor the progress of this system". This soon to be tropical storm will be a big rain maker and could become a hurricane in a couple of days. With Michael's winds projected to be even stronger than that, Wakulla County residents were urged to evacuate inland.
The National Weather Service in Tallahassee said: "This is a storm to definitely take very seriously".
High winds weren't the only danger.
Outer bands from Michael are expected to produce up to 4 inches (10 cm) of rain through Tuesday in the Florida Keys, one of several areas in the state devastated by Hurricane Irma a year ago.
Even neighbors in Alabama were bracing. He is working out of the State's Emergency Operations Center.
As of 11 p.m. EDT, the storm had winds of 60 mph and was about 105 miles east-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.
Meanwhile, in the Pacific, Category 3 Hurricane Sergio was 1,165 miles (1,875 kilometers) west-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula and taking its 120 mph (193 kph) winds further out to sea. Tropical storm winds extended out 175 miles from the storm's center.
There could still be some changes to the forecast - but right now it looks like the center will stay east of Louisiana with the strong winds and heavy rain on the eastern side over Florida.
Up to a foot of rain is possible in western Cuba, which could "lead to life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in areas of mountainous terrain", the hurricane center warned.
A large mound of sand in Tallahassee was whittled down to a small pile within hours Monday as residents filled sandbags against potential flooding.
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum canceled campaign events in South Florida on Monday and Tuesday to prepare for the storm, his campaign said. "This is the real thing, a significant threat to life and safety".
This would mean downed trees and power lines.
"We are running out of time". "Areas hit hard by Florence may face disruptions to ongoing cleanup efforts or renewed flooding depending on the track of the storm", AccuWeather senior meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.
Chris Holcomb and the 11Alive Storm Trackers team will have full coverage all week of Tropical Hurricane Michael and bring you full details on what sort of effects it will have on our weather in and across the state of Georgia.
An Air Force hurricane hunter airplane was being sent into the storm to investigate, the hurricane center said.