Florida Gov Scott: Hurricane Michael 'is deadly. Do not take a chance.'

(NOAA)

As more of Florida's Gulf Coast counties order or recommend evacuation ahead of Hurricane Michael, Gov. Rick Scott is urging residents to leave if local authorities have asked them to do so.

Scott said Tuesday that as many as 50 families on St. George Island were reportedly staying put. St. George Island is a well-known beach community on a barrier island near Apalachicola.

"You cannot hide from storm surge," Scott said. "This storm is deadly. Do not take a chance."

Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith says his deputies went door to door in some places along the coast to urge people to evacuate.

Florida officials say that so far nearly 900 people have arrived at 25 shelters in the Panhandle and north central Florida.

Michael is expected to blow ashore around midday Wednesday near Panama City Beach.

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