As people in the Florida Panhandle prepared for the still-strengthening, potentially history-making Category 4 Hurricane Michael to make landfall Wednesday, officials made it clear to those who stayed behind along the wind-and-rain-pummeled coast: it is now too late to leave.
“The time for evacuating along the coast has come and gone. First responders will not be able to come out in the middle of the storm. If you chose to stay in an evacuation zone, you must SEEK REFUGE IMMEDIATELY,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott said in a tweet.