As Hurricane Michael moves closer to land, mandatory evacuations were ordered in Wakulla, Bay and Gulf counties in Florida.
Bay County issued evacuations in four zones, according to a statement on the county’s website. The evacuation zone was based on storm surge predictions, according to the statement.
Gov. Rick Scott called in 500 members of the Florida National Guard to assist with preparations and planning ahead of the hurricane’s landfall.
“They are well-equipped, with assets including high water vehicles, helicopters, boats and generators,” the governor’s office said.