FNN: Nikki Haley resigns as U.N. Ambassador, Florida preps for #HurricaneMichael

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>>> THIS IS A FOX 10 NEWS ALERT. >> AND WELCOME TO “NEWS NOW,” LIVE RIGHT NOW IN GULF SHORES, ALABAMA, WHERE HURRICANE MICHAEL IS ABOUT TO MAKE LANDFALL HERE. WELCOME TO “NEWS NOW.” WE ARE CONTINUING TO COVER THIS STORY HERE FOR YOU, AS IT’S REALLY GOING TO BE MAKING LANDFALL NOT ONLY IN ALABAMA BUT ALSO THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE AS WELL. HI, EVERYONE. WELCOME TO “NEWS NOW.” I’M YOUR HOST MIKE PACHE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US HERE TODAY, ANOTHER BUSY DAY HERE ON “FOX 10 XTRA.” HERE’S WHAT WE HAVE COMING UP FOR YOU. IN JUST A LITTLE BIT, WE’LL TAKE YOU OUT LIVE RIGHT HERE. THIS IS FLORIDA GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT. HE IS GIVING SOME UPDATES ON HURRICANE MICHAEL AND WHAT FLORIDIANS CAN EXPECT IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS. BUT NEXT WE HAVE ANOTHER NEWS ALERT FOR YOU. >> THIS IS A FOX 10 NEWS ALERT. >> AND THIS ONE WAS A BIG ONE THAT CAME DOWN EARLIER THIS MORNING. THE U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE U.N., NIKKI HALEY, PUTTING HER RESIGNATION IN, AND THEY HAD A LITTLE BIT EARLIER THIS MORNING, NIKKI HALEY AND THE PRESIDENT, LIVE IN THE OVAL OFFICE DOING AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF THAT RESIGNATION.

LET’S SHOW IT TO YOU IN FULL. THAT’S ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS HERE ON “NEWS NOW” THAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU IS BRING YOU THESE NEWS CONFERENCES AS THEY HAPPEN IN ITS ENTIRETY, NOT JUST A SOUND BITE OR A COUPLE OF SOUND BITES BUT THE WHOLE THING. LET’S BRING THAT TO YOU. THIS IS THE OVAL OFFICE IN THE WHITE HOUSE WHERE THAT RESIGNATION BECAME PUBLIC. >> NOW IT’S PRETTY CLOSE TO A CATEGORY 3 IF IT IS NOT ALREADY A CATEGORY 3. SO WE ARE VERY WELL PREPARED. F.E.M.A. IS AWARE. WE ARE ALL READY. I SPOKE WITH GOVERNOR SCOTT.

I SPOKE TO EVERYBODY THAT YOU HAVE TO SPEAK TO, AND I THINK HOPEFULLY WE’LL GET LUCKY, BUT MAYBE THAT WON’T HAPPEN, BUT WE ARE PREPARED. I WANTED TO DO THIS BECAUSE NIKKI HALEY, AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS, HAS BEEN VERY SPECIAL TO ME. SHE HAS DONE AN INCREDIBLE JOB. SHE IS A FANTASTIC PERSON, VERY IMPORTANT LADY, BUT SHE ALSO IS SOMEBODY THAT GETS IT. SHE HAS BEEN AT THE UNITED NATIONS FROM THE BEGINNING WITH US, FROM THE BEGINNING, AND WORKED WITH US ON THE CAMPAIGN. IT’S BEEN REALLY A LONG TIME, VERY INTENSE, AND SHE TOLD ME PROBABLY SIX MONTHS AGO, SHE SAID, YOU KNOW, MAYBE AT THE END OF THE YEAR, AT THE END OF A TWO-YEAR PERIOD, BUT AT THE END OF THE YEAR, I WANT TO TAKE A LITTLE TIME OFF.

I WANT TO TAKE A BREAK. SHE HAS BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL AS GOVERNOR OF SOUTH CAROLINA, GREAT YEARS, AND THEN SHE DID THIS, AND THIS IS POSSIBLY EVEN MORE INTENSE WITH WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE WORLD, VERY DANGEROUS AND A LOT OF THINGS. BUT SHE HAS DONE A FANTASTIC JOB, AND WE HAVE DONE A FANTASTIC JOB TOGETHER. WE HAVE SOLVED A LOT OF PROBLEMS, AND WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF SOLVING A LOT OF PROBLEMS. AT THE BEGINNING, NORTH KOREA WAS A MASSIVE PROBLEM, AND NOW WE ARE MOVING ALONG, MOVING ALONG REALLY NICELY. I CAN SPEAK FOR SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO. HE THINKS THE WORLD OF NIKKI, AND SO WE ARE ALL HAPPY FOR YOU, IN ONE WAY, BUT WE HATE TO LOSE YOU. HOPEFULLY YOU’LL BE COMING BACK AT SOME POINT, MAYBE IN A DIFFERENT CAPACITY. YOU CAN HAVE YOUR PICK. BUT I JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW. SO AT THE END OF THE YEAR, NIKKI WILL BE LEAVING, AND WE’LL BE IN CONSTANT TOUCH.

I KNOW THAT. IF YOU WANT TO CALL ME, YOU KNOW ALL OF THE PLAYERS. AND THAT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS I THINK SHE DID BEST AT THE UNITED NATIONS. SHE GOT TO KNOW THE PLAYERS. SHE GOT TO KNOW CHINA, RUSSIA, INDIA. SHE KNOWS EVERYBODY ON A VERY FIRST-NAME BASIS, AND THEY LIKE HER, EXCEPT FOR MAYBE A COUPLE, WHICH IS NORMAL. THEY CAN’T ALL LIKE YOU. THEY DO. THEY LIKE HER, AND I THINK MORE IMPORTANTLY, THEY RESPECT HER. SO NIKKI, I JUST WANTED TO TELL YOU, WE WILL MISS YOU. WE WILL BE SPEAKING ALL THE TIME, BUT WE WILL MISS YOU NEVERTHELESS, AND YOU HAVE DONE A FANTASTIC JOB. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >> THANK YOU. WELL, I WANT TO SAY FIRST OF ALL I WANT TO THANK THE PRESIDENT FOR JUST, YOU KNOW, ALLOWING US TO COME OUT AND TALK TO YOU THIS WAY.

IT HAS BEEN AN HONOR OF A LIFETIME. YOU KNOW, I SAID I AM SUCH A LUCKY GIRL TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO LEAVE THE STATE THAT RAISED ME AND TO SERVE A COUNTRY I LOVE SO VERY MUCH. IT HAS REALLY BEEN A BLESSING, AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THAT. BUT I’M MOST EXCITED — LOOK AT THE TWO YEARS. LOOK AT WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN TWO YEARS WITH THE UNITED STATES ON FOREIGN POLICY. NOW THE UNITED STATES IS RESPECTED. COUNTRIES MAY NOT LIKE WHAT WE DO, BUT THEY RESPECT WHAT WE DO.

THEY KNOW THAT IF WE SAY WE ARE GOING TO DO SOMETHING, WE FOLLOW IT THROUGH, AND THE PRESIDENT PROVED THAT, WHETHER IT WAS WITH THE CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN SYRIA, WHETHER IT WAS NATO, SAYING THAT OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE TO PAY THEIR SHARE, WHETHER IT WAS THE TRADE DEALS, WHICH WAS AMAZING. THEY GET THAT THE PRESIDENT MEANS BUSINESS, AND THEY FOLLOWED THROUGH WITH THAT. BUT THEN IF YOU LOOK AT JUST THE TWO YEARS AT THE U.N., WE HAVE CUT BILLION IN THE U.N.’S BUDGET. WE HAVE MADE IT STRONGER. WE HAVE MADE IT MORE EFFICIENT. SOUTH SUDAN, WE GOT AN ARMS EMBARGO, WHICH WAS A LONG TIME COMING. THREE NORTH KOREAN SANCTIONS PACKAGES, WHICH WERE THE LARGEST IN A GENERATION, DONE IN A WAY THAT WE COULD REALLY WORK TOWARDS DENUCLEARIZING NORTH KOREA, THE IRAN DEAL, BRINGING ATTENTION TO THE WORLD THAT EVERY COUNTRY CAN’T OVERLOOK ALL OF THE BAD THINGS THAT THEY ARE DOING.

YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE THREAT THAT THEY ARE. I THINK YOU LOOK AT THE ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS, AND THE PRESIDENT SHOWED IN MOVING THE EMBASSY, SHOWING THE REST OF THE WORLD WE WILL PUT OUR EMBASSY WHERE WE WANT TO PUT OUR EMBASSY. ALL OF THOSE THINGS THAT HAVE MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THE U.S.’S STANDING, BUT I CAN TELL YOU THE U.S. IS STRONG AGAIN, AND THE U.S. IS STRONG IN A WAY THAT SHOULD MAKE ALL AMERICANS VERY PROUD, AND I DO WANT TO SAY IT’S NOT JUST THE PRESIDENT THAT I WANT TO THANK. THE FAMILY IN GENERAL, THE FIRST LADY HAS BEEN NOTHING BUT VERY, VERY KIND TO ME. I CAN’T SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT JARED AND IVANKA. JARED IS SUCH A HIDDEN GENIUS THAT NO ONE UNDERSTANDS. I MEAN, TO REDO THE NAFTA DEAL THE WAY THAT HE DID, WHAT I HAVE DONE WORKING WITH HIM ON THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PLAN, IT IS SO UNBELIEVABLY WELL DONE.

AND IVANKA IS A GREAT FRIEND. THEY DO A LOT OF THINGS BEHIND THE SCENES THAT I WISH MORE PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT. WE ARE A BETTER COUNTRY BECAUSE THEY ARE IN THIS ADMINISTRATION. I JUST ALSO HAVE TO SAY CERTAINLY THANK YOU TO MY FAMILY. MICHAEL IS A SAINT, AND MY TWO LITTLE ONES, I ADORE THEM. AND TO TEAM U.S.-U.N. THEY HAVE PUT IN A LOT OF SACRIFICE AND REALLY MADE AMERICA PROUD. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE LEAVE EVERYTHING IN GOOD PLACE FOR THE NEXT AMBASSADOR TO COME IN, BUT IT IS A GREAT DAY IN THE UNITED STATES, AND I AM PROUD TO HAVE BEEN A PART OF THE TEAM.

NOW I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING SET ON WHERE I’M GOING TO GO. I THINK THAT THE MAIN THING WAS I WAS GOVERNOR FOR SIX YEARS, AND WE DEALT WITH A HURRICANE, A THOUSAND-YEAR FLOOD, A CHURCH SHOOTING, A SCHOOL SHOOTING. THERE WAS A LOT, AND THEN TO COME IN AND DO TWO YEARS OF RUSSIA AND IRAN AND NORTH KOREA, IT’S BEEN EIGHT YEARS OF AN INTENSE TIME, AND I’M A BELIEVER IN TERM LIMITS. I THINK YOU HAVE TO BE SELFLESS TO KNOW WHEN YOU STEP ASIDE AND ALLOW SOMEONE ELSE TO DO THE JOB. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. IT’S BEEN THE HONOR OF A LIFETIME. AND I WILL SAY THIS. FOR ALL OF THOSE ASKING ABOUT 2020, NO, I WON’T BE RUNNING FOR 2020, BUT WHAT I CAN DO IS CAMPAIGN FOR THIS ONE. I LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING THE PRESIDENT IN THE ELECTION. >> YOU MADE A LONG LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS. WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO LEAVE ALL OF THAT BEHIND? IS IT A PERSONAL DECISION BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN AWAY FROM YOUR FAMILY FOR SO LONG, OR IS IT SOMETHING ELSE? >> MY FAMILY HAVE BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE, SO NO, THERE ARE NO PERSONAL REASONS.

I JUST THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO UNDERSTAND WHEN IT IS TIME TO STEP ASIDE. I HAVE GIVEN EVERYTHING THAT I HAVE GOT FOR THE LAST EIGHT YEARS, AND I THINK IT’S GOOD TO ROTATE IN OTHER PEOPLE WHO CAN PUT THE SAME POWER AND ENERGY INTO IT. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WILL SAY THERE ARE A LOT OF REASONS FOR WHY I’M LEAVING. THE TRUTH IS I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THE PRESIDENT HAS THE STRONGEST PERSON TO FIGHT. IT WAS A BLESSING TO GO INTO THE U.N. WITH BODY ARMOR EVERY DAY AND DEFEND AMERICA, AND I’LL ALWAYS DO THAT. I’LL NEVER TRULY STEP ASIDE FROM FIGHTING FOR OUR COUNTRY, BUT I WILL TELL YOU THAT I THINK IT’S TIME.

>> MR. PRESIDENT, WHY MAKE THE ANNOUNCEMENT NOW? >> WELL, NIKKI IS GOING TO BE STAYING UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR, WHICH WILL BE JUST ABOUT TWO YEARS, AND I JUST THINK, AND I WAS JUST — AS NIKKI WAS SPEAKING, I WAS THINKING WHEN WE CAME INTO OFFICE, IT WAS ALMOST INEVITABLE IN THE MINDS OF MANY THAT WE WERE GOING TO WAR WITH NORTH KOREA. IF YOU ASK PRESIDENT OBAMA, I’LL TELL YOU THAT THAT WAS BY FAR HIS BIGGEST PROBLEM WHEN WE SAT AND MET RIGHT HERE. BUT THAT LOOKED LIKE A REAL PROBLEM. IRAN LOOKED LIKE A REAL PROBLEM.

IT WAS A QUESTION OF WHEN WOULD THEY TAKE OVER THE MIDDLE EAST, PRIOR TO MY COMING HERE, AND NOW IRAN IS FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES. THEY HAVE GOT RIOTS IN ALL OF THEIR CITIES. IT’S BLOWING UP, THEIR INFLATION, THEIR ECONOMY IS IN TATTERS, AND AT SOME POINT THEY WILL PROBABLY COME AND WANT TO MAKE A REAL DEAL, NOT THE DEAL THAT THEY MADE, THE RIDICULOUS DEAL THAT THEY MADE THAT WAS UNACCEPTABLE TO ME, AND SO WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS, BUT WHAT A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IRAN WHEN WE FIRST CAME. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THE DAY BEFORE WE CAME, AND ALSO IF YOU LOOK AT NORTH KOREA, THERE WAS A DEAL THAT THERE WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS — IT WAS A DEVASTATING, POTENTIALLY DEVASTATING PROBLEM, AND NOW THE RELATIONSHIPS ARE VERY GOOD.

SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO JUST LEFT. WE HAD A GREAT MEETING. ALSO, HE WAS IN CHINA, ALSO SPOKE TO MANY OF THE ASIAN LEADERS OR WENT THERE AND HAD SOME GOOD MEETINGS, BUT HAD A REALLY VERY GOOD MEETING WITH NORTH KOREA AND CHAIRMAN KIM, AND WE HAVE JUST MADE A LOT OF PROGRESS ON SO MANY OTHER FRONTS ALSO. AND I THINK THE WORLD, AS NIKKI SAID, THE WORLD IS REALLY RESPECTING THE UNITED STATES AGAIN, MUCH MORE SO THAN THEY HAVE IN MANY, MANY DECADES.

WE ARE RESPECTED AGAIN. THAT I CAN TELL YOU, VERY MUCH RESPECTED AGAIN. AND PEOPLE WANT TO BE ON OUR SIDE. EVEN IF YOU LOOK AT THE VOTES IN THE UNITED NATIONS, I MEAN, VOTES THAT WE WOULD NORMALLY GET NO VOTES, WE ARE GETTING VERY STRONG VOTES NOW. SO I JUST WANT TO THANK NIKKI, AND I THINK THIS IS AN APPROPRIATE WAY OF DOING IT. BECAUSE WHEN YOU WRITE IT OUT ON A PIECE OF PAPER THAT AMBASSADOR HALEY WILL BE LEAVING AND YOU SAY NICE THINGS, PEOPLE SAY, WELL, WHAT’S GOING ON. THIS IS THE RIGHT WAY TO DO IT WHEN YOU REALLY THINK SOMEBODY HAS DONE A TERRIFIC JOB. I FELT THIS WAS AN APPROPRIATE WAY OF DOING IT, AND WE BOTH LIKED IT, SO I JUST WANT TO THANK THE AMBASSADOR. I JUST WANT TO THANK NIKKI. >> MR. PRESIDENT, WHO ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT FOR THE SUCCESSOR? >> WE HAVE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE TO DO IT. IT’S A GREAT POSITION, AND NIKKI REALIZED THAT. SHE’S — I THINK SHE’S HELPED MAKE IT A MUCH BETTER POSITION, IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH.

I THINK IT’S BECOME MAYBE A MORE GLAMOROUS POSITION THAN IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO. MAYBE I WONDER WHY, BUT IT IS. I MEAN, SHE’S MADE IT A VERY GLAMOROUS POSITION. SHE’S MADE IT MORE IMPORTANTLY A MORE IMPORTANT POSITION. SO WE HAVE I CAN ALMOST SAY MANY PEOPLE THAT WANT TO DO IT AND THEY ARE VERY GOOD PEOPLE. AND I’LL BE TALKING ALSO TO NIKKI ABOUT THAT AND TO THE GENERAL ABOUT THAT AND TO MY STAFF, BUT WE HAVE MANY PEOPLE THAT ARE VERY, VERY MUCH INTERESTED IN DOING IT. >> (QUIET SPEECH) — >> NO, NOT ONLY AM I NOT FRUSTRATED, I THINK IT’S INCREDIBLE WHAT’S HAPPENING.

YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT NORTH KOREA? IT’S AMAZING THE WAY THE MEDIA — WHO ARE YOU WITH? WITH WHO? >> FRANCE. >> SO IT’S AMAZING THE WAY THAT THE MEDIA SAYS FOR 80 YEARS, THEY COULDN’T DO A THING, AND I’M, WHAT ARE WE IN THREE MONTHS OF NEGOTIATIONS? IT’S RIDICULOUS. AS I SAID ABOUT A THOUSAND TIMES, YOU HAVE NO ROCKETS FLYING. YOU HAVE NO MISSILES FLYING. YOU HAVE NO NUCLEAR TESTING. YOU HAVE NUCLEAR CLOSINGS, CLOSING UP DIFFERENT AREAS OF NORTH KOREA. WE ARE GETTING THE REMAINS BACK. IT’S ALREADY STARTED, OF OUR GREAT HEROES. WE HAVE GOT OUR HOSTAGES BACK, AND I DIDN’T PAY $BILLION LIKE THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION.

WE GOT — I PAID NOTHING. BUT I HAVE AGREED TO MEET, AND I HAVE AGREED TO SPEND TIME, BUT HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE WE LEFT SINGAPORE? IT WAS THREE MONTHS OR SO, AND PEOPLE SAY — THAT’S THE MEDIA SAYING LIKE, HOW CAN WE BE NEGATIVE? LET’S SEE, HE’S DONE REALLY WELL. HOW CAN WE BE NEGATIVE. LET’S SEE. ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED WITH — I THINK THIS IS AMAZING. YOU HAVE NO NUCLEAR TESTS, NO ROCKETS, AND WE HAVE A VERY GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH CHAIRMAN KIM, WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT. I LIKE HIM. HE LIKES ME. THE RELATIONSHIP IS GOOD. MIKE POMPEO HAD A VERY, VERY GOOD MEETING. I MEAN, I SPOKE TO HIM AT LENGTH YESTERDAY, AND HE’LL BE COMING BACK. HE’LL BE BACK TONIGHT, AND SO I MEAN JUST THE OPPOSITE. WE HAVE MADE INCREDIBLE PROGRESS. BEYOND INCREDIBLE. SOME OF THE PRESS — SOME OF THE PRESS REALLY COVERS IT ACCURATELY AND RIGHT, BUT SOME OF THE PRESS REALLY DOESN’T. YES, JOHN? >> DO YOU WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TELL US WHEN THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE AND WHERE IT WILL BE? >> IT IS HAPPENING, AND THAT IS PART OF THE REASON WHY MIKE IS GOING OVER, TO SET UP THE MEETING, AND WE’LL BE ANNOUNCING PROBABLY A DIFFERENT LOCATION.

SINGAPORE WAS FANTASTIC BUT PROBABLY A DIFFERENT LOCATION. >> MAR-A-LAGO? >> HE WOULD PROBABLY LIKE THAT. WE’LL SEE. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THREE OR FOUR DIFFERENT LOCATIONS. WE HAVE MADE A LOT OF PROGRESS. PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FIRST MEETING. WE SAID, POINT NUMBER ONE, DENUCLEARIZATION, AND FOR SOME REASON THE PRESS DOESN’T PICK THAT UP, BUT THAT WAS ACTUALLY POINT NUMBER ONE. THEY HAVE AGREED TO DENUCLEARIZATION, AND THEY CONTINUE TO AGREE, AND THEY CONTINUE. NOW, WE HAVEN’T REMOVED SANCTIONS, AS YOU KNOW.

PEOPLE SAID WHAT HAVE WE DONE. WE HAVEN’T REMOVED SANCTIONS. WE HAVE VERY BIG SANCTIONS. I WOULD LOVE TO REMOVE THEM, BUT WE HAVE TO GET SOMETHING. >> ON U.S. SOIL? >> WELL, I DON’T WANT TO EMBARRASS ANYBODY BY ASKING. I THINK EVENTUALLY WE ARE GOING TO HAVE LOTS OF MEETINGS ON U.S. SOIL, AND ON THEIR SOIL, BY THE WAY. YOU KNOW, THAT’S A TWO-WAY STREET, ON THEIR SOIL ALSO. I THINK THAT THE COUNTRY OF NORTH KOREA IS GOING TO BE A VERY SUCCESSFUL COUNTRY. I THINK IT’S GOING TO BE INCREDIBLY ECONOMIC — I THINK HE WANTS TO GET ON WITH IT. (QUIET SPEECH AWAY FROM MICROPHONE).

>> WHEN WILL AMBASSADOR HALEY BE LEAVING? >> I WOULD SAY WE’LL NAME A SUCCESSOR, I DON’T KNOW, WITHIN THE NEXT TWO OR THREE WEEKS, MAYBE SOONER. >> MR. PRESIDENT, (QUIET SPEECH) — >> I HAVE NOT, BUT I WILL BE AT SOME POINT. I KNOW NOTHING RIGHT NOW. I KNOW WHAT EVERYBODY ELSE DOES, NOTHING. >> WHAT’S YOUR RESPONSE TO HILLARY CLINTON SAYING LAST NIGHT (QUIET SPEECH) — >> I GUESS THAT’S WHY SHE LOST. SHE DOESN’T GET IT. SHE NEVER DID. I KNEW THAT A LONG TIME AGO. HILLARY NEVER GOT IT. THAT’S WHY SHE LOST. ANYTHING ELSE? >> MIDTERMS ARE IN FOUR WEEKS. WHAT’S YOUR PREDICTION RIGHT NOW FOR THE G.O.P. AND HOW’S YOUR STAMINA OUT ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL? >> I THINK WE ARE GOING TO DO WELL. I GUESS YOU PEOPLE WOULD SAY IF THERE WAS A 5% DROP-OFF, THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE PRESIDENT, YOU WOULD SAY.

I’M GOING TO IOWA TONIGHT TO A BIG, BIG CROWD. WE ARE MAKING A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT TONIGHT IN IOWA. WE ARE GOING TO BE MAKING A VERY BIG ANNOUNCEMENT. AND I HAVE TO SAY THE FARMERS ARE SO THRILLED WITH THE U.S.M.C.A. THE NEW AGREEMENT. I DON’T USE THE WORD NAFTA, BECAUSE NAFTA WAS A DISASTER FOR OUR COUNTRY. NAFTA, WE LOST MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF JOBS, THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF FACTORIES AND PLANTS, BAD FOR FARMERS. YOU LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED TO FARMERS OVER THE LAST 15 YEARS. IT’S ONLY GONE DOWN. NOW THEY HAVE TO GO UP. WE JUST OPENED UP MEXICO. WE JUST OPENED UP CANADA, AND IT’S GREAT FOR OUR FARMERS, BUT I’M GOING TO IOWA TONIGHT, AND WE’LL BE TALKING A LITTLE ETHANOL TONIGHT, AND WE HAVE GOT SOME GREAT THINGS PLANNED. AND SPEAKING OF THAT, I WILL SAY, IF YOU LOOK AT INDUSTRIES, THE STEEL INDUSTRY IN THIS COUNTRY IS BACK LIKE NOTHING I HAVE EVER SEEN BEFORE. IN A PERIOD OF SIX MONTHS SINCE WE STARTED DOING WHAT I’M DOING, THE STEEL INDUSTRY HAS LITERALLY REVIVED.

U.S. STEEL IS OPENING UP EIGHT PLANS, AND NEW CORPS IS OPENING UP EVERYBODY. THE STEEL INDUSTRY IN OUR COUNTRY IS REALLY, REALLY HOT. IT’S BEEN REALLY GREAT, BUT I’LL BE GOING TO IOWA TONIGHT. >> (QUIET SPEECH). >> VERY WELL, VERY WELL. IT WENT VERY WELL. WE HAVE A VERY GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA. YOU KNOW, THEY TOOK OUT 500 BILLION OUT OF OUR COUNTRY FOR MANY YEARS EACH YEAR, AND WE JUST CAN’T LET THAT HAPPEN. THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN TALKED ABOUT BY PEOPLE IN THIS CHAIR FOR MANY YEARS. FOR YEARS AND YEARS, THEY WERE TAKING OUT 200, 300, 400, AND EVEN $500 BILLION A YEAR. WE HELPED REBUILD CHINA. IF WE DON’T DO THAT, CHINA IS NOT WHERE THEY ARE RIGHT NOW, AND THAT’S FINE WITH ME, BUT WE ARE NOT DOING IT ANY LONGER.

>> (QUIET SPEECH). >> OH, SURE, ABSOLUTELY. >> ARE YOU GOING TO GO FORWARD WITH THAT? >> A HUNDRED PERCENT. IF THEY DO THAT, RETALIATE, WHAT DOES RETALIATE MEAN? THEY HAVE ALREADY RETALIATED. THEY HAVE TAKEN OUT $500 BILLION. I THINK THAT’S THE ULTIMATE RETALIATION. NO, LOOK, CHINA WANTS TO MAKE A DEAL, AND I SAY THEY ARE NOT READY YET. I JUST SAY THEY ARE NOT READY YET, AND WE HAVE CANCELLED A COUPLE OF MEETINGS BECAUSE I JUST SAY THEY ARE NOT READY TO MAKE A DEAL. WE CAN’T HAVE A ONE-WAY STREET. IT’S GOT TO BE A TWO-WAY STREET. IT’S BEEN A ONE-WAY STREET FOR 25 YEARS. WE HAVE GOT TO MAKE IT A TWO-WAY STREET.

WE HAVE GOT TO BENEFIT ALSO. OKAY? THANK YOU. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? SO, I JUST WANT TO FINISH, BECAUSE THIS IS REALLY — THE PURE REASON FOR THIS IS NIKKI. YOU HAVE BEEN FANTASTIC. YOU ARE MY FRIEND. AND ON BEHALF OF THE COUNTRY, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR DOING A GREAT JOB. THANK YOU, NIKKI. THANK YOU, NIKKI. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, EVERYBODY. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. >> AND WHEN WE COME BACK HERE ON “NEWS NOW,” WE’LL HAVE AN UPDATE ON HURRICANE MICHAEL, GETTING READY TO MAKE LANDFALL THERE IN THE PANHANDLE OF FLORIDA. YOU SEE IT’S A STRONG HURRICANE, A CATEGORY 2 RIGHT NOW, LOOKING TO BE A THREE BY THE END OF TODAY. WE’LL HAVE MORE UPDATES COMING UP NEXT. >>> WELCOME BACK HERE, EVERYONE, TO “NEWS NOW.” YOU ARE TAKING A LOOK AT THE RADAR HERE FOR HURRICANE MICHAEL, CURRENTLY A CATEGORY 2 AT 110 MILES PER HOUR, MOVING TOWARDS A DIRECT HIT TO THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE. HI, EVERYONE, MIKE PACHE HERE. WELCOME BACK TO “NEWS NOW,” AS WE CONTINUE TO COVER LIVE EVENTS AND BREAKING NEWS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND OF COURSE RIGHT HERE IN ARIZONA, SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US HERE TODAY ON “FOX 10 XTRA.” RIGHT NOW, WE ARE GOING TO GO OUT TO NORTH CAROLINA WHERE THEY ARE BRACING FOR HURRICANE MICHAEL AS WELL.

IT WILL PROBABLY BE A TROPICAL STORM BY THE TIME IT HITS NORTH CAROLINA. BUT LET’S LISTEN IN TO THE GOVERNOR HERE. WELCOME TO “NEWS NOW.” >> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE. TODAY I’M HERE TO URGE HURRICANE WEARY NORTH CAROLINIANS TO TURN THEIR ATTENTION TO HURRICANE MICHAEL. EVEN AS FAMILIES, BUSINESSES, SCHOOLS, FARMS AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS OUR STATE ARE STILL CLEANING UP AND STARTING TO REBUILD FROM HURRICANE FLORENCE. HURRICANE MICHAEL IS A POWERFUL STORM CHURNING THROUGH THE GULF OF MEXICO, AND IT IS EXPECTED TO MAKE LANDFALL IN FLORIDA TOMORROW. EVEN THOUGH NORTH CAROLINA WON’T TAKE A FULL FORCE HIT THIS TIME, BECAUSE OF THE FORECAST TRACK, WE NEED TO BRACE OURSELVES FOR STRONG WINDS AND RAIN.

FORECASTERS TELL US THAT WE CAN EXPECT TO FEEL THE EFFECTS OF MICHAEL HERE STARTING WEDNESDAY NIGHT OR EARLY THURSDAY. ALREADY BRUISED SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA COULD FEEL TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS. FURTHER INLAND, WINDS WON’T BE AS POWERFUL, BUT STILL STRONG ENOUGH TO RIP TARPS OFF DAMAGED ROOFS. IF YOUR HOME WAS DAMAGED IN FLORENCE, NOW IS THE TIME TO SECURE IT, IF YOU’RE ABLE TO DO SO SAFELY. MOST OF OUR STATE COULD SEE TWO TO FIVE INCHES OF RAIN, WITH MORE, POSSIBLY SIX INCHES, IN CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA. HEAVY RAINS COULD LEAD QUICKLY TO FLASH FLOODING, ESPECIALLY WHERE THE GROUND IS STILL SATURATED FROM FLORENCE. WET GROUND ALSO MEANS THAT IT WON’T TAKE AS MUCH WIND TO BRING DOWN TREES, AND WITH THEM, POWER LINES.

ALONG OUR COASTS AND SOUNDS, MICHAEL MAY CAUSE MODERATE STORM SURGE. UNLIKE FLORENCE, THIS STORM IS EXPECTED TO MOVE THROUGH OUR STATE QUICKLY, AND CONDITIONS SHOULD IMPROVE ON FRIDAY. AS I HAVE TRAVELED ACROSS OUR STATE IN RECENT WEEKS AND TALKED TO PEOPLE WHO WERE HIT HARD BY FLORENCE, I HAVE HEARD FROM MANY PEOPLE WHO WORRY EVERY TIME THAT THE RAIN FALLS AND THE RIVERS START TO RISE. ALTHOUGH MICHAEL IS NOT PREDICTED TO BRING MUCH RIVER FLOODING TO NORTH CAROLINA, WE WILL BE WATCHING THE RIVERS CLOSELY WITH THIS STORM. IF YOU LIVE IN FLOOD-PRONE AREAS, LISTEN AND WATCH FOR WARNINGS, AND BE PREPARED TO EVACUATE IF YOU’RE ASKED TO DO SO. I KNOW PEOPLE ARE FATIGUED FROM FLORENCE, BUT DON’T LET THIS STORM CATCH YOU WITH YOUR GUARD DOWN. WITH MICHAEL A COUPLE OF DAYS AWAY FROM NORTH CAROLINA, WE DO HAVE TIME TO GET READY. REVIEW YOUR EMERGENCY PLANS AND RESTOCK YOUR EMERGENCY SUPPLIES, FOOD, WATER, FLASHLIGHTS, EXTRA BATTERIES AND MEDICATIONS.

PREPARE FOR POSSIBLE POWER OUTAGES. CLEAR YOUR YARD OF DEBRIS THAT COULD CAUSE DAMAGE IN HIGH WINDS. FIGURE OUT YOUR EVACUATION ROUTE IF YOU’RE ASKED TO LEAVE, AND PLAN HOW YOU’LL CONTACT FAMILY AND FRIENDS. STAY TUNED TO YOUR LOCAL NEWS AND MONITOR WEATHER FORECASTS CLOSELY. I KNOW PEOPLE WHO WEATHERED FLORENCE THIS YEAR AND OTHER STORMS BEFORE DON’T EVEN WANT TO THINK ABOUT ANOTHER ONE, BUT WE HAVE TO. SO I’M ASKING YOU TO BE WATCHFUL AND ALERT AND TO GET READY. HERE TO TALK ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA’S PREPARATION FOR HURRICANE MICHAEL IS OUR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR MIKE SPRAYBERRY. MIKE? >> THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE.

THE STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM IS APPROACHING HURRICANE MICHAEL WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION. AS WE KNOW, OUR COUNTIES ARE STILL RECOVERING FROM BEING HIT BY HURRICANE FLORENCE. THE STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTERS ACTIVATED AT A LEVEL 4 WITH JUST THE NORTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT EMPLOYEES AT THIS TIME. TOMORROW AT P.M., WE’LL ACTIVATE TO A LEVEL THREE AND INCLUDE SEVERAL IMPORTANT STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM PARTNERS TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE PREPARED TO RESPOND TO ANY IMPACTS FROM HURRICANE MICHAEL. WE ARE ALSO MONITORING MICHAEL CLOSELY AND HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE THE LATEST FORECAST DATA. WHILE WE DON’T EXPECT MICHAEL TO BE AS DAMAGING AS FLORENCE, IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE REMAIN PREPARED AT THE INDIVIDUAL, LOCAL, AND STATE LEVELS. WE WANT NO SURPRISES. TO THAT END, WE URGE EVERYONE TO USE THE MCM FLOOD INUNDATION MAPPING AND ALERT NETWORK TO ENSURE YOU ARE AWARE OF POTENTIAL FLOODING IN YOUR AREA BY LOGGING INTO FIMAN.NC.GOV. YOU CAN ALSO SIGN UP TO BE TEXTED OR ALERTED BY EMAIL WHEN RIVERS OR STREAMS BEGIN TO RISE NEAR YEAR.

STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE ASSETS HAVE BEEN ALERTED AND ARE PREPARED TO BE DEPLOYED AS NEEDED. OUR LOGISTICS WAREHOUSE HAS ALSO BEEN ACTIVATED IN THE EVENT COMMODITIES ARE REQUIRED. AS ALWAYS, WE URGE YOU TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS OF YOUR LOCAL OFFICIALS AND STAY TUNED TO YOUR LOCAL MEDIA FOR SITUATIONAL AWARENESS, AND ALSO BE READY TO DOWNLOAD THE NC READY AWARENESS APP ON YOUR iPHONE OR ANDROID. THANKS, GOVERNOR. >>> WE HAVE MEMBERS OF OUR TEAM HERE, INCLUDING KATIE WEBSTER, OUR METEOROLOGIST.

WE’LL BE GLAD TO TAKE YOUR QUESTIONS. OKAY. WE’LL LET YOU KNOW WHEN THERE WILL BE A — >> THERE IS A QUESTION. >> OH, THERE IS? I’M SORRY. >> IS THERE A HEIGHTENED, I GUESS, AWARENESS JUST BECAUSE WE ARE REMOVED FROM HURRICANE FLORENCE, THAT THIS IS BEING TAKEN MORE SERIOUSLY BECAUSE FLORENCE HIT A MONTH OR SO AGO? >> WE ALWAYS TAKE IT SERIOUSLY WHEN TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS AND RAIN ARE LIKELY TO HIT OUR STATE, BUT THE PROBLEMS CAN BE EXACERBATED BY THE FACT THAT WE HAVE SATURATED GROUND, WHICH COULD EXACERBATE FLASH FLOODING AND HAVE WEAKENED TREES, WHICH COULD CAUSE MORE TREES TO FALL THAN NORMAL.

WE ALSO HAVE REPAIRS BEGINNING IN MANY HOMES. A NUMBER OF HOMES HAVE ROOFTOP TARPS THAT COULD BE DAMAGED OR BLOWN AWAY WITH THIS WIND, SO, YES, BECAUSE OF THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY HURRICANE FLORENCE AND THE FACT THAT THERE’S STILL SOME STANDING WATER IN PLACES, WE HAVE TO BE THAT MUCH MORE ALERT ABOUT THE DAMAGE THAT HURRICANE MICHAEL COULD DO. WE HOPE THIS THING BLOWS THROUGH HERE AND THAT WE DON’T SEE MUCH DAMAGE FROM IT. IT IS SCHEDULED OR FORECAST TO BE — TO MOVE QUICKLY THROUGH OUR STATE, NOT UNLIKE FLORENCE, WHICH JUST SAT AROUND FOR A LONG TIME, BUT WE KNOW WE HAVE TO BE READY AND HURRICANE WEARY NORTH CAROLINIANS CANNOT LET THEIR GUARD DOWN JUST BECAUSE WE ARE FATIGUED WITH HURRICANE FLORENCE.

>> GOOD MORNING. (QUIET SPEECH) — A LOT OF FARMERS YESTERDAY WHO ARE DEVASTATED AFTER FLORENCE AND MATTHEW. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY TO THEM, AND WHAT IS BEING DONE RIGHT NOW FOR AGRICULTURE? >> I’M GOING TO BE COMING FORTH VERY SOON, MAYBE AS EARLY AS TOMORROW, WITH BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE STATE GENERAL ASSEMBLY THAT’S SCHEDULED TO COME BACK INTO SESSION NEXT WEEK. AGRICULTURE, FARMERS, IT’S OUR NUMBER ONE ECONOMIC DRIVER IN NORTH CAROLINA. IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE HELP TO KEEP THEM OUT OF BANKRUPTCY AND KEEP THEM FARMING IN NORTH CAROLINA. SO WE WILL HAVE A SIGNIFICANT PROPOSAL TO HELP FARMERS IN OUR PACKAGE AND LOOK FORWARD TO PRESENTING THAT TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. FARMERS HAVE ALREADY HAD A LOT OF CROPS DESTROYED, SUCH AS TOBACCO AND COTTON, AND NOW THEY ARE DIGGING SWEET POTATOES AND PEANUTS, AND THERE’S ALREADY SOME ROT THAT WE HAVE SEEN FROM THAT BECAUSE OF FLORENCE.

THEY DON’T NEED ANYMORE RAIN RIGHT NOW, BUT WE ARE PROBABLY GOING TO GET SOME. AS TO HOW MUCH FURTHER DAMAGE THERE WILL BE, WE’LL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE. >> GOVERNOR, AT THIS POINT THERE ARE NO CANCELLATIONS WITH THE STATE FAIR PLANS ALTERING SCHEDULES OR ANYTHING? >> WE ARE NOT AWARE OF ANYTHING AT THIS POINT. >> OKAY. >> NO, NO CANCELLATIONS AT THIS POINT. OKAY. WE’LL LET YOU KNOW WHEN THE NEXT BRIEFING WILL BE. THANK YOU. >>> WELCOME BACK HERE EVERYONE LIVE TO “NEWS NOW,” TAKING A LOOK HERE AT GULF SHORES ALABAMA RIGHT NOW AS THEY ARE REALLY EXPECTING HURRICANE MICHAEL TO MAKE LANDFALL WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS. TAKE A LOOK AT THE LIVE LOOK RIGHT HERE FROM OUR RADAR, RIGHT NOW A STRONG CATEGORY 2 AT 110 MILES PER HOUR. THEY ARE EXPECTING BY THE END OF TODAY TO BE A CATEGORY 3 BEFORE MAKING A LANDFALL THERE NEAR ALABAMA AS WELL AS THE PANHANDLE OF FLORIDA. HI, EVERYONE. MIKE PACHE HERE. WELCOME BACK TO “NEWS NOW,” CONTINUING TO BRING YOU THE LATEST INFORMATION RIGHT HERE ON “NEWS NOW” AND LIVE EVENTS AS WE GET THEM RIGHT HERE. NOW LET’S GO OUT TO FLORIDA WHERE THE GOVERNOR, RICK SCOTT, JUST GAVE A NEWS CONFERENCE ON THE UPDATES ABOUT HURRICANE MICHAEL.

LET’S LISTEN IN. >> GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYBODY. — AND LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGERS TO BE ABLE TO QUICKLY RESPOND TO THIS DISASTER. YESTERDAY, I ANNOUNCED THE CLOSURE OF STATE OFFICES IN THE 35 COUNTIES CURRENTLY UNDER OUR EMERGENCY ORDER. I HAVE SPOKEN TO F.E.M.A. ADMINISTRATOR BROCK LION AGAIN TODAY, AND A TEAM FROM F.E.M.A. IS IN THE STATE EMERGENCY CENTER AND PROVIDING FEDERAL ASSISTANCE. THAT INCLUDES EXPERTS FROM HOMELAND SECURITY, THE E.P.A., THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. AT MY DIRECTION, THE STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER IS FULLY ACTIVATED. THIS MEANS THE STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM IS ON 24-HOUR RESPONSE. WE ARE 100 PERCENT FOCUSED ON PREPARING FOR HURRICANE MICHAEL. HERE’S WHAT THE STATE IS DOING RIGHT NOW. I HAVE ACTIVATED 2500 NATIONAL GUARDSMEN FOR STORM RESPONSE. THEY HAVE DEPLOYED WITH BOATS. ON LAW ENFORCEMENT, 125 FISH AND WILDLIFE OFFICERS ARE ON DEPLOYMENT AND WILL RESPOND WITH SPECIALIZED EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING ATVs AND FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLES.

THE FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL IS MAKING 350 TROOPERS AVAILABLE FOR DEPLOYMENT ACROSS THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE, AND THEY HAVE TRANSITIONED TO 12-HOUR SHIFTS. LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL ALSO BE MANNING BRIDGES TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN CONDITIONS BECOME TOO DANGEROUS, THE BRIDGES ARE CLOSED. LISTEN TO THESE OFFICERS. LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OUR NATIONAL GUARD AROUND OUR STATE ARE HEROES, AND MANY WILL BE LEAVING THEIR FAMILIES AND PLACING THEMSELVES IN DANGER DURING THE STORM TO HELP YOU AND OTHERS. WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE DEDICATION. TRANSPORTATION, THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS ACTIVELY MONITORING HURRICANE MICHAEL AND IS PREPARING CREWS IN ANTICIPATION OF LANDFALL. TO HELP WITH EVACUATIONS, I DIRECTED THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO WAIVE ALL TOLLS IN THE PANHANDLE. THIS INCLUDES MIDWAY BRIDGE IN SPENCE PARKWAY IN OKALOOSA, AND ORCHARD POND PARKWAY IN LEON COUNTY. FUEL, RIGHT NOW WE DO NOT HAVE WIDESPREAD FUEL OUTAGES IN THE STATE. THE STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM HAS BEEN HOLDING REGULAR CALLS WITH THE FUEL INDUSTRY AND PARTS IN FLORIDA TO ENSURE THAT THEY CAN GET GAS SAFELY.

FLORIDIANS CAN DOWNLOAD THE APP GAS BUDDY TO CHECK WHERE FUEL IS AVAILABLE. WE WILL BE MONITORING FUEL THROUGHOUT THE DAY. THIS IS A TOP PRIORITY, AND OUR GOAL IS TO CONTINUE TO MAKE SURE THAT FUEL IS FLOWING. WE WILL DO EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN TO ENSURE THAT GAS STATIONS HAVE FUEL. IF WE NEED TO SUPPORT THEM BY GETTING THE FUEL FASTER TO OUR GAS STATIONS, WE’LL DO THAT. HEALTH FACILITIES RESPONSE, THE FLORIDA AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION IS IN CONTACT WITH HEALTH CARE FACILITIES TO ENSURE THEY HAVE THE RESOURCES THEY NEED. THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAS FIVE AMBULANCE STRIKE TEAMS AND 35 SPECIAL NEEDS SHELTER TEAMS READY TO DEPLOY.

EXPECTATIONS ARE IF YOU’RE RESPONSIBLE FOR A PATIENT, YOU’RE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SAFETY OF THAT PATIENT THROUGH THIS ENTIRE STORM. SHELTERS, THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IS WORKING WITH LOCAL DISTRICTS TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE EVERYTHING THEY NEED TO OPEN SHELTERS QUICKLY. I WANT TO THANK OUR SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS AND THE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT RIGHT HERE IN CITRUS COUNTY FOR THEIR WILLINGNESS TO OPEN SHELTERS FOR THE COMMUNITY. THEY ARE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE DURING THE STORM, AND THEY WANT TO QUICKLY GET THESE SCHOOLS BACK OPEN AFTER MICHAEL PASSES. SHELTERS HAVE BEEN OPENING ACROSS THE PANHANDLE. INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED ON FLORIDADISASTER.ORG SO YOU CAN KEEP TRACK OF THESE OPENINGS ON FLORIDADISASTER.ORG, SO THEY ARE CONTINUING TO OPEN.

WE ARE ALREADY SEEING A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF MANDATORY EVACUATIONS BEING ORDERED IN COUNTIES ACROSS THE PANHANDLE. IF YOU ARE UNDER AN EVACUATION ORDER, LISTEN TO IT. LEAVE NOW. DO NOT TAKE A CHANCE. YOU DON’T KNOW IF ROADS ARE GOING TO GET CLOSED. WE ARE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN TO HELP YOU, BUT DO NOT WAIT. IF THERE IS AN EVACUATION ORDER, GO TO SAFETY.

IF YOU’RE ON THE FENCE, DON’T THINK ABOUT IT. DO IT. THIS STORM CAN KILL YOU. REMEMBER, DURING A STORM, FIRST RESPONDERS, THEY CAN’T COME OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STORM. THEY CAN’T COME OUT AND SAVE YOU. SO IT’S TOO DANGEROUS. YOU HAVE GOT TO PUT YOURSELF IN A POSITION WHERE YOU ARE NOT IN HARM’S WAY. SO IF YOU NEED TO EVACUATE, IF YOU’RE ORDERED TO DO SO. EVACUATIONS ARE NOT FUN. THEY ARE NOT CONVENIENT. THERE IS NOTHING GOOD ABOUT EVACUATIONS OTHER THAN IT’S GOING TO SAVE YOUR LIFE.

I ALWAYS THINK ABOUT MY MOM GROWING UP. YOU KNOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T HAVE A LOT OF EXTRA MONEY SITTING IN THE BANK, SO THEY WILL THINK, OH, GOSH, CAN I AFFORD THIS. YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO TAKE A RISK WITH YOUR LIFE. THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE IN FLORIDA READY TO HELP YOU, AND THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR YOU NOT TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE. VISIT FLORIDA, THEY HAVE ACTIVATED A PARTNERSHIP WITH EXPEDIA. YOU CAN GO TO HOTEL PARTNERSHIP WITH THEM. YOU CAN GO TO EXPEDIA.COM/FLORIDA FOR HOTEL AVAILABILITY. SO HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW RIGHT NOW. THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER IS ACTIVE HURRICANE STORM SURGE AND TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS AND WATCHES ALONG THE GULF COAST. TAMPA BAY REMAINS UNDER BOTH STORM SURGE AND TROPICAL STORM WATCHES. AS THE STORM APPROACHES, THERE WILL BE SIGNIFICANT THREATS OF TORNADOS. IT’S CRITICAL THAT YOU LISTEN TO LOCAL NEWS REPORTS. HURRICANE MICHAEL IS A MASSIVE STORM THAT COULD BRING TOTAL DEVASTATION TO PARTS OF OUR STATE, ESPECIALLY IN THIS PART AND AS YOU GO UP THROUGH THE PANHANDLE.

THINK ABOUT THE DESTRUCTION THAT WE HAVE SEEN BEFORE WITH STORMS LIKE HURRICANE IRMA. HURRICANE MICHAEL POSES A DEADLY THREAT, AND AS IT GROWS STRONGER, WE CAN EXPECT IT TO MAKE LANDFALL AS A MAJOR CATEGORY 3 STORM ON WEDNESDAY ALONG THE GULF COAST, AND REMEMBER, THESE STORMS CAN SPEED UP, SO THAT’S WHY DO NOT WAIT. THE PANHANDLE AND BIG BEND WILL LIKELY SEE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 110 MILES PER HOUR, 110 MILES PER HOUR. PENSACOLA COULD SEE SUSTAINED HURRICANE FORCE WINDS OF 75 MILES AN HOUR. TALLAHASSEE, 75 MILES PER HOUR OR MORE, SO THIS IS A MASSIVE STORM. HURRICANE MICHAEL IS FORECAST TO BE THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE STORM TO HIT THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE IN DECADES.

THE STORM WILL BE LIFE THREATENING, AND IT WILL BE DANGEROUS. THE STORM WILL BRING TORRENTIAL RAIN TO MOST OF THE PANHANDLE AND BIG BEND, WHICH MEANS FLOODING WILL BE A MAJOR ISSUE. WE EXPECT TO SEE UP TO 12 INCHES OF RAIN IN SOME AREAS OF THE PANHANDLE, SO THINK ABOUT THAT. A FOOT OF RAIN IS EXPECTED IN SOME PARTS OF THE PANHANDLE. WHAT THAT’S GOING TO MEAN, YOU’RE GOING TO GET FLOODING. THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER IS FORECASTING STORM SURGE. THE THING I’M MOST CONCERNED ABOUT RIGHT NOW, PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE THE RISK OF STORM SURGE. THEY ARE ANTICIPATING STORM SURGE OF UP TO 8-12 FEET, FEET, BETWEEN INDIAN PASS AND GULF COUNTY AND — THAT MEANS THE WATER IS GOING TO COME IN AND IT’S GOING TO COME IN MILES IN SHORE, AND IT COULD EASILY RISE ABOVE THE ROOFS OF HOUSES.

8-12 FEET, IT’S ALL DEADLY. I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH HOW DANGEROUS THIS STORM SURGE CAN BE. BETWEEN CEDAR KEY AND THE CRYSTAL RIVER, WE ARE EXPECTING 6-8 FEET OF SURGE. THINK ABOUT THIS, WHEN YOU WATCH THOSE VIDEOS ABOUT THE TSUNAMIS, THAT’S LIKE THREE FEET, AND THAT’S DEADLY, SO WE ARE TALKING ABOUT MORE THAN THAT. MUCH OF THE REST OF THE GULF COAST WILL SEE BETWEEN 2-6 FEET OF STORM SURGE, WHICH IS STILL LIFE THREATENING. THINK ABOUT IT THIS WAY. IF THE STORM HITS NEAR PANAMA CITY, TAMPA IS STILL GOING TO SEE LIFE THREATENING STORM SURGE. THAT’S HOW MASSIVE THIS THING IS. YOU CANNOT HIDE. THERE IS NO WAY TO HIDE FROM STORM SURGE. IT IS POSSIBLE. SO GET PREPARED AND GET OUT IF AN EVACUATION IS ORDERED. EVERY FAMILY MUST BE PREPARED NOW. REMEMBER, WE CAN REBUILD HOMES. I MEAN, LOOK, IT’S GOING TO BE FRUSTRATING IF THIS HAPPENS TO YOU. YOU’LL BE FRUSTRATED AND FURIOUS AND SO DISAPPOINTED IF THIS HAPPENS TO YOUR HOUSE. BUT WE CAN REBUILD YOUR HOUSE. WE CANNOT REBUILD YOUR LIFE. TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY. TAKE CARE OF YOUR KIDS.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR GRANDKIDS. TAKE CARE OF ALL OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS, YOUR GRANDPARENTS. YOU CAN’T REBUILD A LIFE. LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, LET’S MAKE SURE EVERYBODY HAS GOT WHAT THEY NEED, AND WE NEED TO HAVE A POWER RESTORATION PLAN. WE HAVE HEARD FROM OUR — WE HAVE TALKED TO A VARIETY OF THE ENERGY COMPANIES. DUKE SAID THAT THEY HAVE 5000 PERSONNEL PREPOSITIONED. GULF POWER HAS 3,000. I TALKED TO CONLEY. THEY ARE GOING TO BE ADDING MORE. I JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT. THEY HAVE PREPOSITIONED 1400 INDIVIDUALS AT THREE DIFFERENT LOCATIONS, AND THEY HAVE GOT ANOTHER 1800 READY TO RESPOND, SO ACROSS THE STATE WE HAVE 13,000 RESTORATION WORKERS READY, AND THEY ARE ALREADY STAGED FOR THE RESPONSE, AND MORE ARE BEING MADE READY TODAY.

WE HAVE GOT TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO, ONCE THIS THING PASSES, WE ARE GOING TO LOSE POWER, TO GET THE POWER BACK ON AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN. WE HAVE GOT TO KEEP THE FUEL FLOWING AND WE HAVE GOT TO GET THE POWER BACK ON AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN. IF ANY LOCAL COMMUNITIES ARE THINKING ABOUT LOCAL EVACUATIONS, GET IT OVER WITH, MAKE A DECISION, AND WHATEVER THE LOCAL COMMUNITY IS SAYING, LISTEN. DON’T TAKE A CHANCE. YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO WAIT. ACTING QUICKLY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT WE CAN DO RIGHT NOW. LOCAL COMMUNITIES I KNOW ARE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING THAT THEY CAN TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERY FAMILY AND VISITOR IS PREPARED FOR ANY POSSIBLE IMPACT, BUT YOU HAVE GOT TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. THREE DAYS OF FOOD, THREE DAYS OF WATER, HAVE YOUR MEDICINE, KNOW YOUR EVACUATION ROUTE. YOU KNOW, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE FUEL IN THE GAS TANKS, SO CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBORS, CHECK ON YOUR FAMILY.

HAVE A PLAN. SO WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT OUR STATE IS IN FLORIDA WE TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER. WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH STORMS. WE SURVIVE OUR STORMS IF WE GET PREPARED, SO LET’S ALL STAY SAFE, STAY ALERT TO WEATHER UPDATES, AND WATCH THIS STORM VERY CLOSELY. MICHAEL CAN STILL CHANGE DIRECTION. WE HAVE SEEN THAT IN THE PAST WITH STORMS, AND IMPACT ANY PART OF OUR STATE, SO THE IMPACTS ARE GOING TO START IN JUST A FEW HOURS, SO GET READY. THERE IS NO REASON NOT TO BE PREPARED, NONE.

WE EXPECT EVERY FAMILY TO BE SAFE. I HAVE A FAMILY. WE ALL HAVE FAMILIES. I LOVE MY GRANDCHILDREN. I LOVE MY FAMILY. I WANT MY FAMILY TO BE SAFE. I WANT EVERY FAMILY IN THE STATE TO BE SAFE. THERE IS NO REASON SOMEBODY CAN’T GET TO SAFETY. WE KNOW THIS STORM IS COMING. IT’S NOT LIKE SOMETHING COMES OUT OF THE BLUE. WE KNOW THIS IS COMING, SO PRIORITIZE. GET YOUR FAMILY TO SAFETY. DON’T TAKE ANY CHANCES. YOU CAN VISIT FLORIDADISASTER.ORG TO MAKE A PLAN AND GET INFORMATION.

YOU CAN GET INFORMATION ON ROAD CLOSURES, SHELTERS, AND EVACUATIONS, AND IT’S CONSTANTLY UPDATED. YOU CAN VISIT FL511.COM FOR CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS. YOU CAN ALSO CALL THE STATE EMERGENCY INFORMATION LINE FOR ASSISTANCE. IT IS 1-800-342-3577, 1-800-342-3577 OR YOU CAN FOLLOW US AT @FLSURGE OR @FLGOVERNORSCOTT FOR UPDATES. (SPEAKING SPANISH.) >>> AND WELCOME BACK, EVERYONE, HERE LIVE TO “NEWS NOW,” TAKING A LIVE LOOK HERE OUTSIDE OF THE WHITE HOUSE. WE ARE EXPECTING AT ANY MOMENT RIGHT NOW SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO TO MAKE SOME REMARKS AFTER NIKKI HALEY ANNOUNCED HER RESIGNATION EARLIER THIS MORNING, SO AS SOON AS WE DO HAVE THE SECRETARY OF STATE THERE OUTSIDE, WE’LL BRING IT TO YOU LIVE RIGHT HERE ON “NEWS NOW,” ALWAYS BRINGING YOU THE LIVE EVENTS AS THEY ARE HAPPENING RIGHT HERE ON “FOX 10 XTRA.” THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US HERE TODAY. WE HAVE AN UPDATE FOR YOU ON JUST A HORRIBLE ACCIDENT THAT HAPPENED IN UPSTATE NEW YORK OVER THE WEEKEND, 20 PEOPLE KILLED IN A LIMO. TAKE A LISTEN AT THIS.

>> Reporter: IN UPSTATE NEW YORK, COMMUNITIES ARE STILL REELING AFTER A LIMOUSINE CRASHED SATURDAY IN SCHOHARIE, KILLING ALL 18 PEOPLE INSIDE, INCLUDING THE DRIVER. TWO BYSTANDERS WERE ALSO KILLED. NOW THE LIMO COMPANY AND THE DRIVER ARE BOTH FACING SCRUTINY. STATE RECORDS SHOW THAT PRESTIGE LIMOUSINE FAILED MULTIPLE INSPECTIONS OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, FORCING THEM TO TAKE SEVERAL VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD, AND THE DRIVER DID NOT HAVE THE PROPER LICENSE TO OPERATE A LIMO OF THIS SIZE. >> WE ARE DOING A CEASE AND DESIST ORDER TO STOP PRESTIGE LIMOUSINE FROM OPERATING UNTIL THE INVESTIGATION IS CONCLUDED. >> Reporter: PRESTIGE LIMOUSINE HAS ISSUED A STATEMENT SAYING, QUOTE, “WE ARE PERFORMING A DETAILED INTERNAL INVESTIGATION TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT AND THE STEPS WE CAN TAKE IN ORDER TO PREVENT FUTURE ACCIDENTS.” THE COMPANY HAS VOLUNTARILY PULLED ALL OF THEIR VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD AND SAY THEY ARE COOPERATING WITH AUTHORITIES.

AN AUTOPSY IS BEING PERFORMED ON THE DRIVER. THE N.T.S.B. REMAINS ON SCENE WORKING TO PIECE TOGETHER ANY CLUES THEY CAN FIND TO FIGURE OUT WHAT CAUSED THIS TRAGIC ACCIDENT. >> ALL OF THE INFORMATION WE CAN GET IS CRITICAL. THE BLACK BOX INFORMATION, THE CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, INTERVIEWS, TEXT MESSAGES, PHOTOS, ANYTHING WE CAN FIND WILL PUT TOGETHER A FULL PICTURE TO FIND OUT IF THERE IS CRIMINAL CULPABILITY ON THE PART OF ANYONE. >> MANY INSIDE THE LIMO WERE FAMILY, INCLUDING FOUR SISTERS AND THEIR HUSBANDS, ALL CELEBRATING A 30th BIRTHDAY. IN NEW YORK, BRYAN LLENAS, FOX NEWS. >> THANKS SO MUCH, BRIAN. WE DEFINITELY NEED SOME GOOD NEWS NOW AFTER THAT HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE HEARTBREAKING STORY, NO DOUBT. WE HAVE A GOOD STORY FOR YOU. A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY, MIKE, I WANT TO WATCH THE NEWS MORE. WE JUST DON’T HAVE THOSE GOOD NEWS STORIES TO WATCH. I FOUND ONE, SO WE ARE GOING TO PLAY IT. THIS IS A MOTHER-DAUGHTER REUNION 52 YEARS IN THE MAKING.

TAKE A LOOK. >> Reporter: FOR 73-YEAR-OLD VALERIE LEATHERWOOD, THIS IS THE LONGEST ESCALATOR RIDE SHE’S EVER HAD TO WAIT FOR. SHE’S ALREADY BEEN WAITING 52 YEARS TO SEE SOMEONE VERY SPECIAL, AND SHE’D HAVE TO WAIT A LITTLE LONGER. >> I ENDED UP WITH THIS PHONE CALL A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO FROM A DAUGHTER THAT I THOUGHT I WOULD GO TO MY GRAVE NOT TELLING ANYBODY ABOUT. >> Reporter: FIVE DECADES AGO, 20-YEAR-OLD VALERIE WAS WORKING AT A NURSING HOME IN MINNESOTA WHEN SHE UNEXPECTEDLY GOT PREGNANT. SHE SAYS HER SUPERVISOR, A NUN, SENT HER OFF TO A JOB FAR AWAY FROM HOME TO HIDE HER PREGNANCY FROM HER FAMILY, AND FIVE WEEKS AFTER THE BABY WAS BORN, VALERIE GAVE HER UP. >> THAT WAS A 52-YEAR-OLD SECRET THAT I KEPT. >> Reporter: FAST FORWARD TO PRESENT DAY. A FEW MONTHS AFTER VALERIE’S NIECE AND BROTHER SUBMITTED DNA SAMPLES TO ANCESTRY.COM, VALERIE’S BIOLOGICAL DAUGHTER, AN ADULT, TRACKED THEM DOWN.

>> AND MY NIECE WANTED TO KNOW IF I WAS AWARE OF ANYBODY IN OUR FAMILY WHO HAD GIVEN UP A BABY FOR ADOPTION. I DON’T HAVE A CLUE WHO THAT WOULD BE, AND SHE SAID, DIANE, I GAVE A LITTLE GIRL AWAY 52 YEARS AGO. I MEAN, YOU COULD HAVE KNOCKED ME OVER WITH A FEATHER. >> Reporter: THE FAMILY MADE CONTACT WITH VALERIE’S LONG LOST DAUGHTER, WHICH SATURDAY LED TO THIS.

>> I HAVE ALL OF THESE WEIRD FEELINGS GOING ON RIGHT NOW. I’M SCARED, NERVOUS, EXCITED. >> Reporter: MIA KESKY ANDERSON GREW UP IN THE MIDWEST ALWAYS WONDERING ABOUT HER BIOLOGICAL MOTHER. >> I WANTED TO FIND HER, AND IT WORKED. I JUST WANTED TO GET TO KNOW BOTH OF THEM. >> Reporter: THE MOM AND DAUGHTER SAY THEY HAVE ALREADY FOUND THEY HAVE A LOT IN COMMON, AND THIS WEEK THEY HAVE GOT A LIFETIME TO CATCH UP ON.

>> IT’S NICE TO SEE WHERE I GET MY CHEEKS FROM. >> THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT TO SEE THERE, GOOD STORY THERE, GOOD HEARTWARMING STORY THERE, NO DOUBT, 52 YEARS THERE IN THE MAKING. YOU HAVE GOT TO LOVE A REUNION LIKE THAT. OUR NEXT STORY HERE, SKI RESORTS AROUND THE COUNTRY, THEY ARE GETTING READY FOR A BIG SEASON. >> Reporter: FLURRIES ARE FLYING. SNOW GUNS LAUNCH THE WHITE POWDER. >> SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING EVERY YEAR, WE LOOK FORWARD TO IT. >> Reporter: CHAIR LIFTS CRANK AROUND THE BEND AS SKI RESORTS HAVE BEEN PATIENTLY WAITING FOR LONG PERIODS OF CONSISTENTLY COLD TEMPS SO THAT SNOW WILL STICK. >> ONCE WE SEE THOSE FIRST SNOWFLAKES, WE JUST PUT IN GEAR. >> Reporter: THEY NEED AN 18-INCH BASE TREE TO TREE TO OPEN, AND TODAY MOTHER NATURE IS COOPERATING NICELY.

>> IT’S LIKE CHRISTMAS AND BIRTHDAY ALL IN ONE. WE HAVE GOT NATURAL SNOW. WE CAN GET THE SNOW BLOWERS GOING. >> Reporter: EACH YEAR, THEY PARTAKE IN A FRIENDLY COMPETITION OVER THE PASS TO SEE WHO WILL OPEN FIRST. >> WE HAVE WON FIRST PLACE TO OPEN FIRST THE LAST A COUPLE OF YEARS. >> Reporter: BASIN IS READY TO DEFEND THEIR TITLE WHILE LOVELAND SAYS THEY ARE READY TO TAKE HOME THE WIN. EITHER WAY, FAMILIES ARE EAGER TO SHRED THE SLOPES, ESPECIALLY AFTER LAST YEAR’S BELOW AVERAGE SNOW PACK. >> LAST YEAR WAS TOUGH, SO HOPEFULLY THIS IS A GOOD START TO THE SNOW SEASON AND WE CAN GET A GOOD SNOW PACK. >> Reporter: THAT IS RIGHT. THAT IS EXACTLY WITH A THOSE OWNERS WANT TO SEE.

THEY WANT TO SEE AN EARLY SNOW SEASON, BECAUSE A LOT OF WHITE MEANS A LOT OF GREEN IN THEIR POCKETS NO DOUBT, AND SPEAKING OF BUSINESS, LET’S BRING IT ON OVER TO TRACEE CARRASCO FOR YOUR TOP BUSINESS HEADLINES. >> Reporter: NETFLIX IS PLANNING A NEW FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION HUB IN NEW MEXICO. NETFLIX IS WORKING ON A DEAL TO BUY A.B.Q. STUDIOS, PLANNING TO BRING A BILLION DOLLARS IN PRODUCTION TO THE STATE OVER THE NEXT DECADE. THE MOVE WOULD CREATE UP TO 1,000 PRODUCTION JOBS A YEAR. >>> NEW RESEARCH FINDS THAT ONE THIRD OF THE SO-CALLED GLUTEN FREE FOODS SOLD IN U.S. RESTAURANTS ACTUALLY CONTAIN TRACE LEVELS OF THE SUBSTANCE. MORE THAN HALF OF ALL GLUTEN FREE PASTAS AND PIZZAS HAD GLUTEN, ACCORDING TO THE STUDY.

THE FINDINGS ARE REALLY CONCERNING FOR THE 1% OF AMERICANS WITH THE AUTO IMMUNE DISORDER KNOWN AS CILIAC DISEASE. FOR MORE, LOG ON TO FOXBUSINESS.COM. >>> ALL RIGHT, FOLKS, WE HAVE SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO LIVE RIGHT OUTSIDE OF THE WHITE HOUSE. HE’S GOING TO MAKE REMARKS ON NIKKI HALEY’S RESIGNATION. LET’S LISTEN IN. >> WHILE THERE’S STILL A LONG WAY TO GO AND MUCH WORK TO DO, WE CAN NOW SEE A PATH WHERE WE’LL ACHIEVE THE ULTIMATE GOAL, THE FULL AND VERIFIED DENUCLEARIZATION OF NORTH KOREA.

I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN KIM WHERE WE GOT TO TALK ABOUT ALL OF THE RANGE OF ISSUES FOR OUR TWO COUNTRIES. I APPRECIATE THE PRESIDENT HAVING SENT ME, AND WE WILL IN SHORT ORDER BE ABLE TO TALK ABOUT WHEN THE PRESIDENT WILL GET A CHANCE TO MEET WITH HIM AT WHAT WILL BE THE SECOND SUMMIT. AND THE SECOND THING THAT I WANTED TO SAY WAS I WANTED TO THANK AMBASSADOR HALEY FOR THE GOOD WORK THAT SHE HAS DONE. SHE HAS BEEN A GREAT PARTNER OF MINE FOR THE NOW FIVE MONTHS THAT SHE AND I HAVE BEEN WORKING TOGETHER, AND I WANT TO WISH HER WELL IN WHATEVER COMES NEXT FOR HER, SO THANK YOU. I DON’T HAVE ANY TIME FOR QUESTIONS TODAY. THANK YOU ALL. >> ALL RIGHT, THERE WE GO, VERY, VERY SHORT REMARKS THERE BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE. WE’LL BE BACK, MORE “NEWS NOW” COMING UP NEXT. >> HURRICANE MICHAEL EXPECTED TO MAKE LANDFALL TOMORROW. WE ARE MONITORING THIS FOR YOU HERE ON NEWS NOW.

IT’S IN ARIZONA. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. WE HAVE ONE MORE HOUR FOR YOU ON FOX 10 EXTRA. TAKE A LOOK EVERYONE AT THE TRACK RIGHT HERE FOR HURRICANE MICHAEL RIGHT HERE. CATEGORY 2 STORM RIGHT NOW. EXPECTED TO PICK UP AT A CATEGORY 3 AND I HATE TO SEE IT HERE. MY NAME IS MIKE. I’M A MICHAEL. I’M SUCH A NICE GUY AND THIS HURRICANE DOESN’T LOOK LIKE IT IS GOING TO BE SO NICE. HOPEFULLY IT IS NOT AS BIG AS THEY ARE EXPECTING RIGHT NOW. 110 MILES PER HOUR AND EXPECTED TO PICK UP SOME STEAM HERE IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS. ONE MORE LOOK HERE AT ALABAMA RIGHT NOW.

THEY ARE GETTING READY. FEMA DID A NEWS CONFERENCE EARLIER. LET’S LISTEN IN TO A LITTLE BIT OF THIS. HOW THEY ARE PREPARING FOR HURRICANE MICHAEL. YOU ARE WATCHING NEWS NOW. >> WE HAVE A WEATHER UPDATE FROM THE U.S. COAST GUARD, FROM THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. AFTER BRIEF REMARKS WE WILL OPEN UP TO Q AND A. I WILL TURN IT OVER TO KEN FOR THE WEATHER UPDATE. >> GOOD MORNING EVERYONE. MUR CANE MICHAEL IS — HURRICANE MICHAEL IS UPGRADED TO A CATEGORY 2 HURRICANE. IT IS EXPECTED TO STRENGTHSEN TO A CATEGORY 3.

THAT IS MAJOR HURRICANE STATUS. IT WILL BE IN THE BIG BEND AREA LIKELY WEDNESDAY. LANDFALL MIDDAY OR IN THE AFTERNOON HOURS. MAIN THREATS TO THIS STORM. DESTRUCTIVE WINDS LIKELY OVER 100 MILES PER HOUR. STORM SURGE WILL PRODUCE SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS PARTICULARLY IN THE FLORIDA BIG BEND REGION. THERE COULD BE SIGNIFICANT LOW LYING FLOODING IN COASTAL AREAS. THEN THE STORM WILL QUICKLY MOVE UP FROM GEORGIA, EXPECTING DAMAGING WINDS UP THE STATE OF GEORGIA. DOWNED TREES, DOWNED LINES AND POWER OUTAGES. THEN UP THROUGH THE CAROLINAS. WE WILL HAVE ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINFALL FROM MICHAEL. THE STORM IS NOT EXPECTED TO STALL. IT WILL BE MOVING RATHER QUICKLY AND OUT TO SEA, OFF THE SOUTHERN NEW I THINK — NEW ENGLAND COAST BY FRIDAY. THE NEXT WEATHER UPDATE OFFICIALLY FROM THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER WILL COME IN AT A.M. EASTERN TIME. THAT IS ALL FROM NOWA, THANK YOU. >> THE TIME TO EVACUATE AND HEED THE LOCAL WARNINGS IS NOW. HURRICANE MICHAEL WILL BE A DEVASTATING STORM TO A PART OF FLORIDA THAT HAS NOT SEEN A STORM OF THIS MAGNITUDE AT THIS TIME. WE AT FEMA ARE ACTIVATED AT THE REGIONAL RESPONSE COORDINATION CENTER IN ATLANTA.

WE HAVE ACTIVATED OUR CENTER IN DC. WE HAVE TEAMS IN SURROUNDING STATES. WE ARE IN GOOD COMMUNICATIONS WITH OUR STATE PARTNERS. WE HAVE NO LIMITED FACTORS. PLENTY OF COMEY — COMMODITIES THAT MAY PRESENT THEMSELVES. I DO WANT TO SET EXPECTATIONS TO OUR CITIZENS. YOU WILL SEE DAMAGE TO INFRASTRUCTURE, YOU WILL SEE POWER OUTAGES AND SERVICES THAT WE ARE USED TO WILL BE INTERRUPTED AS A RESULT OF HURRICANE MICHAEL. THE TIME TO PREPARE IS NOW. WE WANT TO REEMPHASIZE TO HEED THOSE LOCAL WARNINGS AS THEY KNOW BEST FOR OUR CITIZENS AND VISITORS OF THE GULF COAST. OUR PRIORITY IS GOING TO BE ON LIFE SAVING BUT IT WILL BE STABILIZATION OF OUR CRITICAL LIFELINES. POWER AND SECURITY, FOOD, WATER AND SHELTERING. HEALTH AND MEDICAL, ENERGY. POWER AND FUEL.

COMMUNICATIONS, TRANSPORTATION AND HAZARDOUS WASTE. WE WILL HAVE A UNITY OF EFFORT ACROSS OUR STATE AND LOCAL FAMILY TO MAKE SURE WE RAPIDLY STABILIZE THOSE CRITICAL LIFELINES. AGAIN, I DO WANT TO SET THOSE EXPECTATIONS. THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE A STABILIZATION THAT WILL OCCUR IN DAYS. IT WILL TAKE US SOME TIME BUT WE HAVE GREAT PARTNERS ON THE GROUND. BOTH IN FLORIDA, GEORGIA AND ALABAMA AND ALL THE WAY UP INTO THE CAROLINAS. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR CITIZENS KNOW THEY CAN GO TO THE FEMA WEBSITE. DOWNLOAD THE FEMA APP. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ON WHAT PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS NEED TO TAKE PLACE. BUT THE MAIN THING THAT WE ASK YOU TO DO, WE ASK OUR TEAMMATES HERE IN THE MEDIA AND OUR TEAMMATES AND OUR CITIZENS TO DO AT THIS TIME IS EVACUATE IF ASKED TO DO SO. THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ROLE YOU CAN PLAY TO PROTECT NOT YOURSELF BUT PROTECT THE LIVES OF OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. WE ASK THAT YOU DO NOT PUT THE FIRST RESPONDERS IN HARM’S WAY IF THEY HAVE TO COME AND RESCUE YOU AND YOU’VE BEEN ASKED TO EVACUATE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND AT THIS TIME I WILL TURN IT OVER TO OUR COAST GUARD PARTNERS. >> THANK YOU, AND GOOD MORNING. WE URGE EVERYONE IN HURRICANE MICHAEL PATH TO STAY OFF THE WATER. STAY CLEAR OF BEACHES AND HEED ALL SAFETY MESSAGES AND EVACUATION ORDERS FROM STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES. SOCIAL MEDIA IS GREAT FOR RESOURCES TO FOLLOW-UP DATES. BUT DO NOT USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO REPORT EMERGENCIES. PLEASE CALL 9-1-1 OR USE VHS CHANNEL 16. OUR PRIORITIES ARE THE SAFETY OF OUR RESPONDERS, THEIR FAMILIES AND THE PUBLIC. ONCE THE STORM HAS PASSED, HAVOC MAY STILL BE PRESENT. STAY IN A SAFE LOCATION WHILE THE COAST GUARD AND OTHER STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES DISPENSE DAMAGES AND — ASSESS DAMAGES AND DISPENSARY SOURCES. THANK YOU. >> THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS SOUTH ATLANTIC DIVISION IS COORDINATING CLOSELY WITH FEMA REGION 4 AND CLOSELY IN DC TO PROVIDE ANY SUPPORT THAT IS REQUIRED. THANK YOU. >> WE HAVE EMERGENCY MANAGERS PREPARED FOR THIS. THE FLORIDA NATIONAL GUARD IS ONE OF THE TOP GUARDS THAT WE HAVE IN OUR NATION. AND OUR STATE SURROUNDING ARE READY TO SUPPORT.

SO WHEN YOU PUT THE WHOLE FAMILY TOGETHER, WHETHER IT’S FOUR DAYS OR A COUPLE DAYS, WE ARE PREPARED AND READY FOR WHATEVER MICHAEL MAY THROW OUR WAY. >> YES, SIR? >> WITH FLORENCE A FEW WEEKS AGO WE SAW A LOT OF FLOODING. CAN YOU TELL US WHAT TO EXPECT WITH THIS STORM AND WHAT THE CHALLENGES TO REESTABLISHING THE LIFELINES WILL BE? >> YOU KNOW, AGAIN LOOKING AT A CRYSTAL BALL THAT MAY NOT — HOPEFULLY WE ARE WRONG, BUT WITH THIS STORM WHAT I WOULD SAY YOU ARE GOING TO SEE A TRADITIONAL POWERFUL HURRICANE STRIKE.

VERY FAST MOVING. HIGH SURGE AND VERY POWERFUL WINDS. IT WILL TAKE A LITTLE MORE TIME TO RESTORE. BUT AGAIN, FLORIDA, POWER AND LIGHT AND THE OTHER CREWS ARE ADAPT TO DOING THAT. YOU WILL SEE MORE LOCALIZED IMPACT WITH THE SURGE WHERE YOU SAW A LOT MORE INLAND — MILES AND MILES INLAND FLOODING WITH FLORENCE. THE STATES OF GEORGIA AND ALABAMA NEED TO BE PREPARED. THEY ARE WELL INTO THE STATE OF GEORGIA IF IT CONTINUES ON THE CURRENT TRACK. SO YOU ARE GOING TO SEE A LOT OF DEBRIS. IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME. DID THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION? >> CAN YOU REITERATE WHAT YOU SAID IN SPANISH? >> THE COORDINATING OFFICER AT THE EOC AS WELL AS OTHER STAFF. WE HAVE THE SEARCH-AND-RESCUE NETWORK ON ALERT. WE HAVE TEAMS CURRENTLY IN ATLANTA READY TO PUSH OUT. AS FAR AS COMMODITIES, OUR STOPGAP COMMODITIES THAT ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF FOOD AND WATER, BUT THEY ARE JUST AS WHAT WE SAY A GAP MEASURE.

WE HAVE ADEQUATE COMMODITIES ON HAND IN ATLANTA AND WE CAN PUSH THOSE ANYWHERE IN THE PAN HANDLE. SO WE FEEL LIKE WE ARE VERY PREPARED FOR MICHAEL AND AGAIN WE ARE SUPPORTING AN EXTREMELY CAPABLE STATE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND THE SURROUNDING STATES. >> IN CLOSING, I WANTED TO THANK THE MEDIA. YOU ARE OUR BIGGEST VOICE TO GET THE MESSAGE OUT TO THE CITIZENS. I URGE THE CITIZENS ON THE GULF COAST TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS. IF YOU ARE UNDER AN EVACUATION ORDER PLEASE EVACUATE AND OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO EVERYBODY AFFECTED BY HURRICANE MICHAEL.

THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU ALL FOR JOINING US TODAY. AS A REMINDER — >> WELCOME BACK EVERYONE TO NEWS NOW. A BEAUTIFUL LOOK OF DOWNTOWN PHOENIX. YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT TUESDAYS, MOST PRODUCTIVE DAY OF THE WEEK AND YOU GOT TO LOVE THE WEATHER WE ARE HAVING RIGHT NOW. IT’S LIKE WE ARE FINALLY LOCKED IN. THIS IS ABOUT THE TIME WHERE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY FROM OTHER STATES ARE GOING TO START RINGING OFF THE HOOK AND SAY WHAT YOU ARE DOING IN A COUPLE OF WEEK? ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY GET THE SNOW AND YOU KNOW THAT PHONE CALL IS COMING AND YOU WILL HAVE TO PUT UP GUESTS NO DOUBT. WELCOME BACK TO NEWS NOW. I’M YOUR HOST MIKE PACHE ON FOX 10 EXTRA AS WE CONTINUE TO BRING TOP STORIES AND HEADLINES FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.

OF COURSE RIGHT HERE IN ARIZONA WHEN THERE IS BREAKING NEWS WE TRY TO BRING YOU THE VERY LATEST AS IT IS COMING IN. LET’S GO OUT TO DETROIT RIGHT NOW. THEY DID A NEWS CONFERENCE ON SOME MATTERS OUT THERE INCLUDING TWO OFFICERS SUSPENDED. LET’S BRING IT TO YOU HERE ON NEWS NOW. THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US HERE TODAY. BUSY DAY. >> ONE OF THE THINGS THAT ABOUT THIS INCIDENT IT WAS BROUGHT TO LIGHT BY ONE OF OUR SUPERVISORS DOING WHAT WE ASKED HIM TO DO AND DOING A VIDEO REVIEW. AND CONDUCTING AN INVESTIGATION WHICH BROUGHT THIS INCIDENT TO LIGHT. IF THERE IS ANY GLIMMER OF POSITIVITY IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES CERTAINLY WE ARE FOLLOWING — THE TRAINING — >> WE HAVE TO LEAVE THAT ONE BECAUSE AUDIO NOT EVEN SYNCED UP AT ALL. WE THOUGHT WE HAD IT FOR YOU RIGHT HERE ON NEWS NOW.

BUT LET’S SHOW A LOOK RIGHT HERE OF AN ALABAMA RIGHT NOW. THIS IS GULF SHORES, ALABAMA, WHERE THEY ARE GETTING READY FOR HURRICANE MICHAEL. EXPECTED TO MAKE LANDFALL SOME TIME TOMORROW NIGHT. THAT IS THE LATEST THAT WE KNOW RIGHT NOW. BUT RIGHT NOW IT IS A CATEGORY 2 STORM. SUPPOSED TO PICK UP TO A CATEGORY 3 STORM HOPEFULLY EVERYONE IS GOING TO BE HEEDING THE WARNINGS. WE KNOW THERE ARE SOME AREAS ESPECIALLY IN THE PANHANDLE OF FLORIDA, SOME OF THE TOWNS AND CITIES GETTING SOME EVACUATIONS THERE. SO WE WILL HAVE ANOTHER UPDATE FOR YOU. WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO IS TAKE YOU OUT TO FLORIDA. THIS WAS GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT A LITTLE EARLIER THIS MORNING AS HE WAS TRYING TO MAKE THE ROUNDS ACROSS THE STATE.

ESPECIALLY IN THE PANHANDLE THERE. AND LET’S GET THIS UPDATE FROM THE GOVERNOR ON NEWS NOW. >> A STORM SURGE IS EXPECTED TO THE COUNTY LINE. TAMPA BAY REMAINS UNDER STORM SEARCH AND TROPICAL STORM WATCHES. WE ALSO NOW HAVE A TROPICAL STORM WATCH FROM FERNIDAND BEACH NORTH TO THE GEORGIA BORDER. AS THE STORM APPROACHES THERE WILL BE A SIGNIFICANT THREAT OF TORNADOS. IT IS CRITICAL TO LOOK AT LOCAL NEWS REPORTS. HURRICANE MICHAEL IS A MASSIVE STORM THAT COULD BRING TOTAL DEVASTATION TO PARTS OF OUR STATE ESPECIALLY THE PANHANDLE. THINK ABOUT THE DESTRUCTION WE’VE SEEN BEFORE WITH HURRICANE IRMA. HURRICANE MICHAEL CARRIES A THREAT AND IT COULD BE A CATEGORY 3 STORM ON WEDNESDAY ALONG THE GULF COAST.

THE PANHANDLE AND PARTS OF THE BIG BEND WILL LIKELY SEE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 110 MILES PER HOUR. THINK ABOUT THAT. 110 MILES PER HOUR. PENSACOLA COULD SEE SUSTAINED HURRICANE-FORCED WINDS OF 75 MILES PER HOUR OR MORE. TALLAHASSEE COULD SEE SUSTAINED HURRICANE-FORCED WINDS OF 75 MILES PER HOUR OR MORE. AGAIN, HURRICANE MICHAEL IS FORECASTED TO BE THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE STORM TO HIT THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE IN DECADES. THE STORM WILL BE LIFE THREATENING AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. WE ARE EXPECTING 4-8 INCHES OF RAIN AND SOME AREAS MIGHT SEE 12 INCHES OF RAIN. THE STORM WILL BRING TORRENTIAL RAIN TO MOST OF THE PANHANDLE AND BIG BEND WHICH MEANS FLOODING WILL BE A MAJOR ISSUE. PREPARE FOR MAJOR FLOOD FROMMING THIS STORM. HURRICANE MICHAEL WILL BRING DEADLY STORM SURGE TO MANY AREAS EVEN THOSE OUTSIDE THE PATH. THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER IS FORECASTING STORM SURGE TO BE BETWEEN 8-12 FEET. BETWEEN INDIAN PASS AND CEDAR KEY. IT COULD BE OVER THE ROOFS OF HOUSES. THINK ABOUT THAT. 8-12 FEET. 8-12 FEET OF STORM SURGE IS DEADLY. I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH HOW DANGEROUS THIS STORM SURGE WILL BE. WE’VE SEEN WITH THE TSUNAMIS WHERE IT’S THREE FEET AND IT’S DEADLY.

8-12 FEET IS ABSOLUTELY DEADLY. BETWEEN CEDAR KEY AND THE CRYSTAL RIVER WE EXPECT TO SEE 6-8 FEET OF SURGE. MUCH OF THE REST OF THE GULF COAST WILL SEE BETWEEN 2 AND 6 FEET OF STORM SURGE THAT IS STILL LIFE THREATENING. THINK ABOUT IT THIS WAY. THE STORM HITS NEAR PANAMA CITY. YOU CANNOT HIDE FROM STORM SURGE SO GET PREPARED AND GET OUT IF AN EVACUATION IS ORDERED. EVERY FAMILY MUST BE PREPARED NOW. REMEMBER, WE CAN REBUILD YOUR HOUSE BUT WE CANNOT REBUILD YOUR LIFE. TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY AND KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE. HERE’S WHAT THE STATE IS DOING RIGHT NOW. I’VE ACTIVATED 2,000 NATIONAL GUARDSMEN FOR STORM RESPONSE. THEY HAVE DEPLOYED WITH BOATS. LAW ENFORCEMENT. FISH AND WILDLIFE IS RESPONDING. FISH AND WILDLIFE IS MONITORING HURRICANE MICHAEL AND READY TO RESPOND. 120 OFFICERS ARE READY FOR DEPLOYMENT. THEY WILL RESPOND WITH A VARIETY OF SPECIALIZED EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING SHALLOW DRAFT BOATS, ATV’S. AIR BOATS AND FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLES. THE FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL IS MAKING 350 TROOPERS AVAILABLE FOR DEPLOYMENT. ACROSS THE PANHANDLE AND THEY HAVE TRANSITIONED TO 12-HOUR SHIFTS. LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL ALSO BE MANNING BRIDGES TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN CONDITIONS BECOME TOO DANGEROUS THE BRIDGES ARE CLOSED.

LISTEN TO THESE OFFICERS. LAW ENFORCEMENT AROUND OUR STATE ARE HEROES AND SO MANY WILL BE LEAVING THEIR FAMILIES AND PLACING THEMSELVES IN DANGER DURING THE STORM TO HELP OTHERS. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR THEIR DEDICATION. TRANSPORTATION, THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT TRANSPORTATION IS ACTIVELY MONITORING TROPICAL STORM MICHAEL OR HURRICANE MICHAEL AND PREPARING CREWS IN ANTICIPATION OF LANDFALL. I DIRECTED THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO WAVE ALL TOLLS IN THE PANHANDLE. THIS INCLUDES MID BAY BRIDGE AND SPENCE PARKWAY IN– THE STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM HAS BEEN HOLDING REGULAR CALLS WITH THE FUEL INDUSTRY AND PORT IN FLORIDA ENSURE THEY CAN GET GAS TO THE AREA SAFELY.

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE APP “GAS BUDDY” TO CHECK WHERE FUEL IS AVAILABLE. WE WILL MONITOR FUEL THROUGHOUT THE DAY. THIS IS A TOP PRIORITY. HEALTHCARE FACILITIES AND RESPONSE. THE FLORIDA AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATION IS IN CONTACT WITH HEALTHCARE FACILITIES TO ENSURE THEY HAVE THE RESOURCES THEY NEED. FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAS FIVE AMBULANCE STRIKE TEAMS AND 35 SPECIAL NEEDS SHELTER TEAMS READY TO DEPLOY. THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IS WORKING WITH LOCAL DISTRICTS TO ENSURE THEY HAVE EVERYTHING THEY NEED TO OPEN SHELTERS QUICKLY.

FOR OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, LET’S MAKE SURE EVERYONE HAS WHAT THEY NEED. LOCAL GOVERNMENTS NEED TO HAVE A POWER RESTORATION PLAN. WE JUST HEARD FROM DUKE ENERGY AND THEY HAVE 5,000 PERSONNEL READY TO DEPLOY AND GULF POWER HAS 3,000 PEOPLE — PERSONNEL READY TO DEPLOY. GETTING THE LIGHTS BACK ON AFTER THE STORM IS A TOP PRIORITY. IF WE NEED TO HAVE EVACUATIONS, LOCAL COMMUNITIES NEED TO ISSUE THE ORDERS NOW. WE CAN NOTED AFFORD TO WAIT. — CANNOT AFFORD TO WAIT. WE WILL DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS PREPARED FROM ANY POSSIBLE IMPACT FROM MICHAEL. FAMILIES SHOULD MAKE SURE ALL MEDICATIONS ARE READY. CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBORS. LISTEN TO LOCAL OFFICIALS. DURING DISASTERS FLORIDIANS TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER. WE ARE SEEING MANDATORY EVACUATIONS BEING ORDERED IN COUNTIES ACROSS THE PANHANDLE. IF YOU ARE IN AN EVACUATION ORDER, LEAVE.

DON’T WAIT. IF YOU ARE ON THE FENCE, DON’T THINK ABOUT IT. DO IT. THIS STORM CAN KILL YOU. YOU NEED TO EVACUATE IF YOU ARE ORDERED TO DO SO. IF YOUR COUNTY IS PLANNING EVACUATION TODAY GO AHEAD AND LEAVE NOW. DON’T WAIT. LOOK, I KNOW THAT EVACUATIONS ARE NOT FUN AND INCONVENIENT. I ALWAYS THINK ABOUT MY PARENTS GROWING UP AND HOW HARD IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ON THEM TO EVACUATE WITH LIMITED RESOURCES. BUT IN FLORIDA THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE READY TO HELP YOU AND NO EXCUSE NOT TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE. SO AND LET’S ALL STAY SAFE. STAY ALERT TO WEATHER UPDATES AND WATCH THIS STORM CLOSELY. MICHAEL CAN STILL CHANGE DIRECTION AND IMPACT ANY PART OF OUR STATE.

IMPACTS WILL START TODAY, GET READY THERE ISN’T ANY REASON TO NOT BE PREPARED TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE. WE ALL HAVE FAMILIES. I’M A DAD AND I’M A GRANDFATHER. MY FAMILY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO ME AND I CAN’T IMAGINE ANYTHING HAPPENING TO THEM. NOW IS THE TIME TO PRIORITIZE YOUR FAMILY. KEEP THEM SAFE. DO NOT TAKE A CHANCE. YOU CAN VISIT FLORIDA DISASTER.ORG TO MAKE A PLAN AND GET INFORMATION ON ROAD CLOSURES, SHELTERS AND EVACUATIONS. YOU CAN VISIT FL511.COM FOR CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS. FAMILIES CAN ALSO CALL THE STATE EMERGENCY INFORMATION LINE FOR ASSISTANCE. YOU CAN FOLLOW AT AT @FLSEARCH FOR TWITTER ON LIVE UPDATES ON HURRICANE MICHAEL.

>> WE WILL WORK WITH OUR SCHOOL DISTRICTS. AND SO THE NATIONAL GUARD WAS A KEY WHEN WE GOT THOSE THINGS OPENED. AND THE RED CROSS WAS A BIG PART. >> WE ARE GOING THROUGH COUNTY BY COUNTY TO MAKE WE HAVE ALL THE SHELTERS WE NEED. >> WHEN WE WERE HERE WE HAD A PROBLEM WITH OUTSIDE CLUES AND THEIR HELP SUPPOSEDLY BEING REJECTED. WHAT INSURANCES CAN YOU GIVE FOR LACK OF A BETTER TERM. IT WILL BE NICER OR BE ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER TO GET POWER BACK ON FASTER. >> AFTER HERMINE I BROUGHT ALL THE UTILITIES TOGETHER. MY EXPECTATION IS YOU WORK WITH MUTUAL AID AGREEMENTS, SO IF THERE IS ANY NEED, THERE IS NO TIME.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT. MAKING SURE DAD WOULD LIKE IT — THESE PREPOSITIONED ASSETS. >> CALLS WITH THE UTILITIES AND I’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE UTILITIES OVER THE LAST — I GUESS I STARTED ON SUNDAY. LAST THREE DAYS TO GET READY. IF YOU LOOK AT IT. WE GOT TO KEEP SAFE. THAT’S WHY I HOPE EVERYBODY IS TAKING THE EVACUATION ORDERS SERIOUSLY. WE GOT TO MAKE SURE WE GET POWER BACK ON AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. SO I’M TRYING TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY HAS THESE RELATIONSHIPS IN PLACE. WE PREPOSITION ASSETS. I TALK — THIS MORNING I TALKED TO GOLF AND DUKE AND PUT OUT THEIR NUMBERS. DUKE HAS 5,000 PERSONNEL ON STAND BY AND GOLF HAS 3,000. >> I WANT TO PRESS YOU ONE MORE TIME ABOUT THE COORDINATION BETWEEN THE LOCAL UTILITIES AND OUT OF TOWN HELP. HAS ANYTHING DIRECTLY BEEN ADDRESSED TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN WORK TOGETHER BETTER AND MORE QUICKLY. BECAUSE AS YOU REMEMBER IT WAS THE PROBLEM WE HAD HERE IN TALLAHASSEE. >> SO WHAT WE DID WE — I GOT THEM ALL TOGETHER AND I ASKED THEM TO SIGN THE INITIAL AGREEMENTS. WE PUT OUT YESTERDAY THE — WHO HAS AGREEMENTS AND SO — AND I MADE PHONE CALLS AND WE HAD CONFERENCE CALLS AND MADE SURE PEOPLE ARE TALKING TO EACH OTHER.

THE STATE AGENCY HAS BEEN MAKING PHONE CALLS TO ALL OF OUR HEALTHCARE FACILITIES MAKING SURE IF THEY HAVE ANY UNMET NEEDS AND SEEING WHAT HELP THEY MIGHT NEED AND MAKE SURE THEY ARE ACCESSIBLE TO MAKE SURE IF THERE ARE NEEDS WE DO IT AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN. BUT MY EXPECTATION IS IF YOU ARE A HEALTHCARE FACILITY YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE PATIENTS. AND SO — I DID AN EMERGENCY ORDER AFTER IRMA AND THEN WE GOT LEGISLATION PASSED AND MY EXPECTATION IS PEOPLE CAN COMPLY.

>> GOVERNOR, DOES THIS SORT OF TOUCH — WITH IRMA, SIX MILLION PEOPLE WERE EVACUATING. STORES WERE SHUT DOWN. FUEL STATIONS WERE LEFT OPEN FOR A WHILE. ESPECIALLY TALLAHASSEE IS KIND OF A — SEEMS — PEOPLE SEEM TO BE TAKING MORE IN STRIDE. DID THAT CONCERN YOU AT ALL? OR DO YOU THINK EVERYONE IS ON THE SAME PAGE HERE TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE WILL STAY SAFE? >> I’M GOING TO DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO GET PEOPLE TO FOCUS ON THIS STORM.

GET PEOPLE — EVERY FAMILY HAS TO THINK ABOUT THEIR OWN SAFETY FIRST. >> I WANT TO KEEP MY FAMILY SAFE. AND WITH THE MESSAGE YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO LOCAL OFFICIALS AND GOT TO KEEP YOURSELF SAFE. THIS IS A DEVASTATING STORM. THE STATE HAS EXPERIENCED WINDS BEFORE LIKE THIS AND RAIN LIKE THIS. THE STORM SURGE IS — COULD BE HISTORIC.

>> THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH. >> THANKS. >> WELCOME TO NEWS NOW. REALLY THE BIGGEST POLITICAL NEWS OF THE DAY NO DOUBT THE U.N.AMBASSADOR NIKKI HALEY SAYS SHE IS RESIGNING AT THE END OF THE YEAR. LET’S SHOW YOU THIS NEWS CONFERENCE IN FULL ONCE AGAIN AT THE OVAL OFFICE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE A LITTLE EARLIER THIS MORNING. LET’S BRING IT TO YOU ON NEWS NOW. THAT’S WHAT WE DO. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY. WELCOME TO NEWS NOW. >> NOW IT IS CLOSE TO A CATEGORY 3.

SO WE ARE WELL PREPARED I SPOKE WITH GOVERNOR SCOTT. SPOKE WITH EVERYBODY YOU HAVE TO SPEAK TO AND HOPEFULLY WE WILL GET LUCKY BUT MAYBE THAT WON’T HAPPEN BUT WE ARE PREPARED. I WANT TODAY DO THIS BECAUSE NIKKI HALEY AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS HAS BEEN VERY SPECIAL TO ME. SHE HAS DONE AN INCREDIBLE JOB. SHE IS A FANTASTIC PERSON, VERY IMPORTANTLY BUT SHE ALSO IS SOMEBODY THAT GETS IT. SHE HAS BEEN AT THE UNITED NATIONS FROM THE BEGINNING WITH US. IT’S BEEN VERY INTENSE AND SHE TOLD ME MAYBE SIX MONTHS AGO, YOU KNOW, MAYBE AT THE END OF THE YEAR. AT THE END OF A TWO-YEAR PERIOD, I WANT TO TAKE TIME OFF. TAKE A LITTLE BREAK. SHE HAS BEEN A VERY SUCCESSFUL GOVERNOR OF SOUTH CAROLINA FOR EIGHT YEARS AND SHE DID THIS AND THIS IS PROBABLY THE MORE INTENSE WITH WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD AND VERY DANGEROUS AND A LOT OF THINGS.

AND SHE’S DONE A FANTASTIC JOB AND WE’VE DONE A FANTASTIC JOB TOGETHER. AND NORTH KOREA WAS A MASSIVE PROBLEM AND WE ARE MOVING ALONG REALLY NICELY. I CAN SPEAK FOR SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO. HE THINKS THE WORLD OF NIKKI. WE ARE HAPPY FOR YOU IN ONE WAY BUT HOPEFULLY YOU CAN COME BACK AT SOME POINT. MAYBE IN A DIFFERENT CAPACITY. YOU CAN HAVE YOUR PICK. AND SHE WILL BE LEAVING AT THE END OF THE YEAR. THAT WAS REALLY THE THING I THINK SHE DID BEST. SHE GOT TO KNOW THE PLAYERS. SHE GOT TO KNOW CHINA, RUSSIA, INDIA. SHE KNOWS EVERYBODY ON A FIRST NAME BASIS AND THEY LIKE HER, EXCEPT FOR MAYBE A COUPLE OF WHICH IS NORMAL.

I THINK MORE IMPORTANTLY THEY RESPECT HER. SO I JUST WANTED TO TELL YOU THAT WE WILL MISS YOU, WE WILL BE SPEAKING ALL THE TIME. BUT WE WILL MISS YOU NEVERTHELESS AND YOU HAVE DONE A FANTASTIC JOB AND I WANT TO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU. >> I WANT TO SAY FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK THE PRESIDENT FOR JUST ALLOWING US TO COME OUT AND TALK TO YOU THIS WAY. IT HAS BEEN AN HONOR OF A LIFETIME. I SAID I’M SUCH A LUCKY GIRL TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO LEAD THE STATE THAT RAISED ME AND TO SERVE A COUNTRY I LOVE SO VERY MUCH. IT HAS REALLY BEEN A BLESSING AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THAT. BUT I’M MOST EXCITED. LOOK AT THE TWO YEARS. LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED IN TWO YEARS ON THE UNITED STATES ON FOREIGN POLICY.

NOW THE UNITED STATES IS RESPECTED. COUNTRIES MAY NOT LIKE WHAT WE DO BUT THEY RESPECT WHAT WE DO. THEY KNOW IF WE SAY WE ARE GOING TO DO SOMETHING, WE FOLLOW IT THROUGH AND THE PRESIDENT PROVED THAT. WHETHER IT WAS CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN SYRIA. WHETHER IT WAS NATO SAYING OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE TO PAY THEIR SHARE AND THE TRADE DEALS THAT HAVE BEEN AMAZING. THEY GET THE PRESIDENT MEANS BUSINESS AND THEY FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THAT. BUT THEN IF YOU LOOK AT THESE TWO YEARS AT THE U.N., WE CUT $BILLION IN THE U.N. BUDGET. WE MADE IT STRONGER, WE MADE IT MORE EFFICIENT. SOUTH SUDAN WE GOT AN ARMS EMBARGO, THREE NORTH KOREAN SANCTIONS DONE IN A WAY TOWARD DENUCLEARIZING NORTH KOREA. THE IRAN DEAL. BRINGING ATTENTION TO THE WORLD. YOU CAN’T OVERLOOK ALL OF THE BAD THINGS THEY ARE DOING.

YOU HAVE TO SEE THEM FOR THE THREAT THAT THEY ARE. YOU LOOK AT THE ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS AND THE STRIKE AND COURAGE THE PRESIDENT SHOWED IN MOVING THE EMBASSY AND SHOWING THE REST OF THE WORLD WE WILL PUT OUR EMBASSY WHERE WE WANT TO PUT OUR EMBASSY. ALL OF THOSE THINGS HAVE MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THE U.S. STANDING BUT I CAN TELL YOU IT’S — U.S. IS STRONG AGAIN. AND THE U.S. IS STRONG IN A WAY THAT SHOULD MAKE ALL AMERICANS VERY PROUD.

AND I DO WANT TO SAY THAT IT’S NOT JUST THE PRESIDENT I WANT TO THANK. THE FAMILY IN GENERAL. THE FIRST LADY HAS BEEN NOTHING BUT VERY, VERY KIND TO ME. I CAN’T SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT JARED AND IVANKA. JARED IS SUCH A HIDDEN GENIUS THAT NO ONE UNDERSTANDS. TO REDO THE NAFTA DEAL THE WAY HE DID. WHAT I’VE DONE WORKING WITH HIM ON THE MIDDLE EAST PLAN. IT IS SO UNBELIEVABLY WELL DONE AND IVANKA HAS ABOUT A GREAT FRIEND AND THEY DO A LOT OF THINGS BEHIND THE SCENE THAT I WISH MORE PEOPLE DO ABOUT. BECAUSE WE ARE A BETTER COUNTRY BECAUSE THEY ARE IN THIS ADMINISTRATION. I ALSO JUST HAVE TO SAY CERTAINLY TO MY FAMILY, MICHAEL IS A SAINT. AND MY TWO LITTLE ONES I ADORE THEM. AND TO TEAM US2N. THEY SACRIFICE A LOT AND THEY PUT A LOT OF TIME AND ENERGY BUT HAVE A LOT OF HEART AND WANT TODAY MAKE AMERICA PROUD. WITH THAT I’M NOT LEAVING UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR. MY GOAL IS THAT WE MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS IN GOOD PLACE AND FOR THE NEXT AMBASSADOR TO COME IN, BUT IT’S A GREAT DAY IN THE UNITED STATES.

AND I’M PROUD TO HAVE BEEN PART OF THE TEAM. NOW I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING SET ON WHERE I’M GOING TO GO. I THINK THAT THE MAIN THING WAS I WAS GOVERNOR FOR SIX YEARS AND WE DEALT WITH A HURRICANE, A THOUSAND YEAR FLOOD, A CHURCH SHOOTING, A SCHOOL SHOOTING, IT WAS A LOT. AND THEN TO COME IN AND DO TWO YEARS OF RUSSIA AND IRAN AND NORTH KOREA. IT HAS BEEN EIGHT YEARS OF INTENSE TIME AND I’M A FIRM BELIEVER IN TERM LIMITS. I THINK YOU NEED TO BE SENSELESS TO KNOW WHEN YOU STEP ASIDE AND LET SOMEONE ELSE DO THE JOB. THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT. IT HAS BEEN AN HONOR OF A LIFETIME. AND FOR ALL OF YOU THAT WILL ASK FOR 2020. NO, I’M NOT RUNNING FOR 2020. I CAN PROMISE WHAT I WILL BE DOING IS CAMPAIGNING FOR THIS ONE. I LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING THE PRESIDENT IN THE NEXT ELECTION. >> THANK YOU. . >> IS THIS SUCH A PERSONAL DECISION BECAUSE YOU’VE BEEN AWAY FROM YOUR FAMILY FOR SO LONG? >> NO, MY FAMILY IS VERY SUPPORTIVE.

I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO UNDERSTAND WHEN IT IS TIME TO GET ASIDE. I HAVE GIVEN EVERYTHING I GOT THESE PAST EIGHT YEARS AND I DO THINK IT’S GOOD TO ROTATE OTHER PEOPLE TO PUT THE SAME ENERGY AND POWER INTO IT. THERE REALLY IS. A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL SAY THERE IS A LOT OF REASONS WHY I’M LEAVING. THE TRUTH IS I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION, THE PRESIDENT HAS THE STRONGEST PERSON TO FIGHT.

IT WAS A BLESSING TO GO INTO THE U.N. WITH BODY ARMOR EVERY DAY AND DEFEND AMERICA. AND I WILL ALWAYS DO THAT. I WILL NEVER TRULY STEP ASIDE FROM FIGHTING FOR OUR COUNTRY BUT I WILL TELL YOU IT IS TIME. >> WHY MAKE THE ANNOUNCEMENT NOW? >> WELL, NIKKY WILL BE STAYING UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR WHICH WILL BE JUST ABOUT TWO YEARS. AND I JUST THINK AND I WAS — AS NIKKI WAS SPEAKING, WHEN WE CAME INTO OFFICE IT WAS ALMOST INEVITABLE IN THE MINDS OF MANY THAT WE WERE GOING TO WAR WITH NORTH KOREA. IF YOU ASK PRESIDENT OBAMA I’M SURE THAT HE WILL TELL YOU THAT WAS HIS BIGGEST PROBLEM WHEN WE SAT AND MET RIGHT HERE. BUT THAT LOOKED LIKE A REAL PROBLEM.

IRAN LOOKED LIKE A REAL PROBLEM. IT WAS A QUESTION OF WHEN WOULD THEY TAKE OVER THE MIDDLE EAST PRIOR TO MY COMING HERE AND NOW IRAN IS FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES. THEY HAVE RIOTS IN ALL THEIR CITIES, IT IS BLOWING UP. THEIR INFLATION, THEIR ECONOMY IS IN TATTERS. AT SOME POINT THEY MAY COME AND MAKE A REAL DEAL. NOT THE DEAL THAT WAS UNACCEPTABLE TO ME. BUT WHAT A DIFFERENCE. THE DAY BEFORE WE CAME AND ALSO IN THE NORTH KOREA. IT WAS DEVASTATING — A POTENTIALLY DEVASTATING PROBLEM AND RELATIONSHIPS ARE VERY GOOD. SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO JUST LEFT. HAD A GREAT MEETING. ALSO IN CHINA, ALSO PRESIDENT KIM AND THE WORLD IS REALLY RESPECTING THE UNITED STATES AGAIN. MUCH MORE SO THAN THEY HAVE IN MANY, MANY DECADES. WE ARE RESPECTED AGAIN THAT I CAN TELL YOU. VERY MUCH RESPECTED AGAIN.

AND PEOPLE WANT TO BE ON OUR SIDE. WE ARE GETTING VERY STRONG VOTES NOW. I JUST WANT TO THANK NIKKI AND I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE AN APPROPRIATE WAY OF DOING IT. WHEN YOU WRITE IT OUT ON PAPER AND YOU SAY NICE THINGS, PEOPLE SAY WHOA, WHAT’S GOING ON? THIS IS THE RIGHT WAY TO DO IT. AND WHEN YOU THINK SOMEBODY HAS DONE A TERRIFIC JOB.

I FELT THIS WAS AN APPROPRIATE WAY OF DOING IT AND WE BOTH LIKED IT SO I WANT TO THANK THE AMBASSADOR. I WANT TO THANK NIKY HAILEY. >> IT IS A GREAT POSITION. SHE’S HELPED MAKE IT A MUCH BETTER POSITION IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH. I THINK IT’S BECOME A MORE GLAMOROUS POSITION THAN IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO? SHE’S MADE IT A GLAMOROUS POSITION. A MORE IMPORTANT POSITION. MANY PEOPLE THAT WANT TO DO IT AND THEY ARE VERY GOOD PEOPLE AND I WILL BE TALKING ALSO TO NIKKI ABOUT THAT AND THE GENERAL ABOUT THAT AND MY STAFF, BUT WE HAVE MANY PEOPLE THAT ARE VERY MUCH INTERESTED IN DOING IT. >> NOT ONLY AM I NOT FRUSTRATED, IT’S INCREDIBLE. IT IS AMAZING THE WAY THE MEDIA — WHO ARE YOU WITH? >> >> FOR 08 YEARS THEY COULDN’T DO A THING AND WHAT ARE WE IN? THREE MONTHS OF NEGOTIATION? IT’S RIDICULOUS. AS I’VE SAID ABOUT 1,000 TIMES.

YOU HAVE NO ROCKETS FLYING. NO MS. I WILL’S FLYING. NUKE LAR TESTINGS. ARE WE GETTING THE REMAINS BACK. IT’S STARTED OF OUR GREAT HEROES. WE GOT OUR HOSTAGES BACK AND I DIDN’T PAY $BILLION LIKE THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION. I PAID NOTHING. BUT I HAVE AGREED TO MEET AND I HAVE AGREED TO SPEND TIME. BUT HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE WE LEFT SINGAPORE? IT WAS THREE MONTHS OR SO? >> WE ARE SETTING THAT UP RIGHT NOW. THAT IS PART OF THE REASON THEY ARE SETTING UP THE MEETING AND WE WILL BE ANNOUNCING THAT — PROBABLY DIFFERENT LOCATIONS.

SINGAPORE WAS FANTASTIC. WE WILL PROBABLY DO A DIFFERENT LOCATION. >> HE WOULD PROBABLY LIKE THAT. I WOULD LIKE THAT, TOO. I THINK IT WOULD BE GOOD. WE WILL SEE. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THREE OR FOUR DIFFERENT LOCATIONS. TIMING WON’T BE TOO FAR AWAY. WE MADE A LOT OF PROGRESS AND THIS MEETING REALLY — PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FIRST MEETING. WE SAID POINT NUMBER ONE, DENUCLEARIZATION. AND FOR SOME REASON THE PRESS DOESN’T PICK THAT UP. THEY AGREED TO DENUCLEARIZATION AND THEY CONTINUE TO. >> I DON’T WANT TO EMBARRASS ANYBODY BY ASKING.

I THINK WE WILL HAVE LOTS OF MEETINGS ON U.S. SOIL AND THEIR SOIL BY THE WAY. THAT’S A TWO-WAY STREET. I THINK THE COUNTRY OF NORTH KOREA IS GOING TO BE A VERY SUCCESSFUL COUNTRY. I THINK IT IS GOING TO BE INCREDIBLY ECONOMICAL AND — >> I KNOW WHAT EVERYBODY ELSE KNOWS. >> DO YOU KNOW WHAT HILLARY CLINTON SAID LAST NIGHT — >> I GUESS THAT’S WHY SHE LOST. SHE DOESN’T GET IT. SHE NEVER DID. I KNEW THAT A LONG TIME AGO. HILLARY NEVER GOT IT.

THAT’S WHY SHE LOST. ANYTHING ELSE? >> MIDTERMS IN FOUR WEEKS. WHAT IS YOUR PREDICTION FOR THE GOP AND HOW IS YOUR STAMINA ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL? >> I THINK WE WILL DO WELL. IF YOU SAW THERE WAS A 5% DROP OFF YOU WOULD SAY THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE PRESIDENT. YOU WOULD SAY, BUT NO, I’M GOING TO IOWA TONIGHT. WE HAVE A BIG, BIG CROWD. GOING TO MAKE A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE WAY IN IOWA. WE ARE GOING TO BE MAKING A VERY BIG ANNOUNCEMENT. AND I HAVE TO SAY THE FARMERS ARE SO THRILLED WITH THE USMCA, THE NEW AGREEMENT. I DON’T USE THE WORD NAFTA BECAUSE IT WAS A DISASTER FOR OUR COUNTRY. IT COST US MILLIONS OF JOBS, THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF FACTORIES AND PLANTS AND BAD FOR FARMERS. LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TO FARMERS OVER THE LAST 15 YEARS. IT’S ONLY GONE DOWN. NOW THEY ARE GOING TO GO UP. WE JUST OPENED UP MEXICO, WE JUST OPENED UP CANADA AND IT’S GREAT FOR OUR FARMERS BUT I’M GOING TO IOWA TONIGHT AND WE WILL TALK A LITTLE ETHANOL TONIGHT.

AND SOME GREAT THINGS PLANNED. AND SPEAKING OF THAT I WILL SAY, IF YOU LOOK AT INDUSTRIES THE STEEL INDUSTRY IS BACK LIKE NOTHING I’VE EVER SEEN BEFORE IN A PERIOD OF SIX MONTHS SINCE WE STARTED DOING WHAT I’M DOING, THE STEEL INDUSTRY HAS LITERALLY REVIVED. U.S. STEEL IS OPENING UP EIGHT PLANTS. FOR YEARS THEY WERE TAKING OUT $500 BILLION A YEAR. WE HELPED REBUILD CHINA. IF WE DON’T DO THAT, CHINA IS NOT WHERE THEY ARE RIGHT NOW. AND THAT’S FINE WITH ME, BUT WE ARE NOT DOING IT ANY LONGER. CHINA WANTS TO MAKE A DEAL. I SAY WE ARE NOT READY TO MAKE A DEAL. WE CAN’T HAVE A ONE WAY STREET. IT HAS TO BE A TWO-WAY STREET. IT’S BEEN A ONE WAY STREET FOR 25 YEARS. WE HAVE TO BENEFIT ALSO. THANK YOU. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? SO I JUST WANT TO FINISH. THIS IS ONE OF THE FEWER REASONS IS YOU’VE BEEN FANTASTIC.

YOU ARE MY FRIEND AND ON BEHALF OF THE COUNTRY I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR A GREAT JOB. THANK YOU. >> NEW WORRIES ON WALL STREET. WORRIES ABOUT TECH STOCKS AND INTEREST RATES STILL KEEPING INVESTORS ON EDGE. GOOGLE REPORTEDLY FAILED TO DISCLOSE A SECURITY BREECH EARLIER THIS SPRING OVER FEAR OF REGULATION. UP TO 500,000 GOOGLE PLUS USERS MAY HAVE HAD THEIR NAMES, ADDRESSES AND OCCUPATIONS REVEALED IN THE BREECH. Facebook NOW HELPING YOU SPEAK FACE TO FACE WITH FRIENDS, THE SOCIAL MEDIA SITE INTRODUCING Facebook PORTAL. A NEW TABLET EQUIPPED WITH VIDEO CHAT CAPABILITIES. USERS CAN ACCESS AMAZON ALEXA AND PORTAL PLUS. WAL-MART IS NOT JUST SELLING TV’S THEY ARE CREATING THE CONTENT. IT’S TEAMING UP WITH MGM TO CREATE ORIGINAL TV AND MOVIE CONTENT FOR ITS STREAMING SERVICE. IT PLANS TO FOCUS ON FAMILY FRIENDLY CONTENT AS IT RAMPS UP EFFORTS TO COMPETE WITH NET FLICKS AND AMAZON.

THAT’S BUSINESS. >> THANKS SO MUCH THERE DAVID FOR THOSE BUSINESS HEADLINES. WE JUST HAVE A COUPLE MORE STORIES FOR YOU. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY ON FOX 10 EXTRA. COULD GREETING CARDS BE DEAD? THAT’S WHAT THIS NEXT REPORT IS SAYING. >> THE HEALTH OF THE GREETING CARD INDUSTRY IS JUST AS YOU MANAGED IT TO BE. >> NOT GOOD. >> NOT WELL. >> BAD. NOBODY BUYS CARDS ANY MORE. >> ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL GREETING CARD ASSOCIATION IN 1995 AMERICANS BOUGHT NEARLY 3 BILLION HOLIDAY CARDS. LAST YEAR WE PURCHASED BILLION. YOU CAN SEND A TEXT MESSAGE AND YOU CAN SEND AN EMAIL. >> BETWEEN 2010 AND 2015 HALLMARK LAID OFF MORE THAN HALF OF ITS EMPLOYEES. IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS AMERICAN GREETING CARD REVENUES FELL 40%. THE MARKET RESEARCH COMPANY FOUND GREETING CARD REVENUE DECLINED INDUSTRY WIDE 2.7% IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS. IT EXPECTED THAT DECLINE TO CONTINUE IN THE NEXT FIVE. >> I BOUGHT ONE BECAUSE IT IS MY DAUGHTER’S BIRTHDAY. >> AND THE NATIONAL GREETING CARD WEBSITE SAY AMERICANS BUY 7 BILLION GREETING CARDS A YEAR.

>> EVERY TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS OR FOR A BIRTHDAY. >> EACH OF WHICH SELLS FOR AN AVERAGE OF $2 TO $4. IN THE SHRINKING SELECTION IN CITY DRUGS AND GROCERY STORES BUT MUCH MORE IN SPECIALTY SHOPS. >> THE CARDS ARE LIKE $15. I’M NOT SPENTING $15 FOR A CARD. >> I DON’T KNOW WHERE SHE’S GOING TO GET THOSE CARDS BUT I’VE NEVER SEEN A $15 CARD. BUT THAT’S A SHAME THAT PEOPLE AREN’T BUYING ENOUGH — AS MUCH CARDS AS THEY USED TO. DID YOU HEAR EARLIER IN THE REPORT? I JUST DO A TEXT MESSAGE. THAT’S A SWEET BIRTHDAY GIFT TO GET. KEEP BUYING THE GIFT CARDS AND PUT A NOTE IN THE CARD STILL. YOU LIKE TO OPEN THEM ON YOUR BIRTHDAY OR ANNIVERSARY. WE HAVE ONE MORE STORY ON FOX 10 EXTRA AND ALL ABOUT HURRICANE MICHAEL. TAKE A LISTEN. >> HURRICANE MICHAEL IS ON THE WAY.

THE CATEGORY TWO STORM STILL GAINING STRENGTH AS IT MOVES SLOWLY THROUGH THE GULF OF MEXICO. IT IS THREATENING TO HIT THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE AS A CATEGORY 3 HURRICANE ON WEDNESDAY BRINGING DESTRUCTIVE WINDS, HEAVY RAIN AND DAMAGED RING POTENTIALLY HEAVY STORM SURGE. >> HURRICANE MICHAEL IS A MONSTEROUS STORM AND THE FORECAST GETS MORE DANGEROUS. THE TIME TO PREPARE IS NOW. >> FOLKS IN FLORIDA AND OTHER COASTAL STATES DOING THEIR BEST TO PREPARE FOR MICHAEL ARRIVAL. THEY ARE ANTICIPATING SIGNIFICANT FLOODING, WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES AND DAMAGES TO HOMES AND BUSINESSES. ANXIOUS HOMEOWNERS AND TOURISTS ARE PREPARING FOR WHAT COULD BE A LIFE THREATENING SITUATION. >> WE ARE GOING TO GET GAS IN CASE WE HAVE TO GET OUT OF HERE. >> I DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE HOUSE BUT ALL THE RAIN COMING IN. >> A HURRICANE WARNING IS POSTED FOR THE GULF COAST. THE FLOOR KEYS SEEING HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WINDS. MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDERS WENT INTO EFFECT TUESDAY FOR 120,000 PEOPLE AND OFFICIALS ARE URGING FOLKS TO GET OUT BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.

>> EVERY FAMILY MUST BE PREPARED NOW. REMEMBER, WE CAN REBUILD YOUR HOUSE BUT WE CANNOT REBUILD YOUR LIFE. TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY AND KEEP YOUR FAMILIES SAFE. >> MICHAEL IMPACT COULD REACH AS FAR NORTH AS NEW ENGLAND THAT COULD SEE 2-4 INCHES OF RAIN AS THE STORM MOVES INLAND. >> THANKS SO MUCH JANICE. HERE’S ONE MORE LIVE LOOK AT GULF SHORES, ALABAMA AS THEY ARE PREPARING FOR HURRICANE MICHAEL EXPECTING TO MAKE POTENTIAL LANDFALL SOME TIME LATER TOMORROW NIGHT. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US HERE TODAY ON FOX 10 EXTRA. REMEMBER NEWS NOW WILL CONTINUE ALL THE WAY TO TODAY. WE DO APPRECIATE IT AND THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. I’M MIKE PACHE AND WE WILL SEE YOU AGAIN TOMORROW. BE SAFE EVERYONE AND HAVE A GREAT DAY. .

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