News Conferences About Hurricane Matthew

After wreaking havoc in Haiti and Cuba, Hurricane Matthew is making its mark on Florida, and politicians are encouraging people to leave the area. One day apart, Florida Governor Rick Scott and Florida Senator Marco Rubio were in front of the press.


Governor Scott emphasizes the potential loss of life and discourages people from focusing too much on the storm path. He wants people to evacuate: "We are preparing for the worst, hoping for the best, and not taking any chances." 

Senator Marco Rubio echos a similar theme: "Don't focus so much on the cone as you should on the fact that here, over the new few hours, the winds are going to pick up, the rain is going to come in, and you need to be prepared for what that means."

Discussion Starters:

  • Why don't people leave when they're told to evacuate during a storm?
  • How well are Scott and Rubio making their points? What else could convince people to leave a vulnerable area?