As Florida prepares for Hurricane Matthew to strike, members of Congress are working to keep their constituents in the loop and safe.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio warned in an email Thursday, "Meteorologists are calling this the storm of decades, and it is not something to take lightly." Signed off with "Paid for by Marco Rubio for Senate 2016," the email also suggested people donate to the Red Cross and Salvation Army.
The storm is expected to travel up the east coast of Florida Thursday and Friday and hit coastal parts of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina over the weekend.
Members are warning Floridians that they should take this rare Category 4 hurricane seriously.
Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 6, 2016
Know your zone! Check this link to see if you are in an evacuation zone: https://t.co/lnn4DkMlsQ#HurricaneMatthew — Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 6, 2016
At Palm Beach EOC. Army Corps says no issues with dike now, but more than 5 inches of rain north of Lake O could start to threaten it. pic.twitter.com/0JxlILTk1Q — Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) October 5, 2016
If you're able to help during #HurricaneMatthew—Volunteer w @RedCrosshttps://t.co/8NUswKs9Mm —Donate to response https://t.co/1nZ3iq66VL — Patrick Murphy (@PatrickMurphyFL) October 6, 2016
Parts of FL are now under hurricane warning. Please stay safe in the storm—more information about Matthew's track: https://t.co/1kxytsca1h — Patrick Murphy (@PatrickMurphyFL) October 5, 2016
Hurricane Matthew could impact our entire state. Don't wait, prepare today! pic.twitter.com/DAL7Rzy4iP — Rep. Gwen Graham (@RepGwenGraham) October 5, 2016
Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantisFL) October 5, 2016
And, South Carolina lawmakers are also warning their constituents.
As the storm continues to move towards the Carolinas, make sure u & your family have a plan. Stay informed w/@SCEMD pic.twitter.com/Gy9bdeVX0g — Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) October 5, 2016
Similar to Joaquin last October, we are once again seeing the power of Mother Nature, as Hurricane Matthew,... https://t.co/RgKmJLofX7— Mark Sanford (@RepSanfordSC) October 5, 2016
As are lawmakers in North Carolina.
Renee Ellmers (@RepReneeEllmers) October 6, 2016
While other members are sending their support from far away.
Dan Coats (@SenDanCoats) October 6, 2016