Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in all 67 counties in the state. The declaration comes as Subtropical Storm Alberto churns toward the Gulf Coast.
The declaration is intended to help increase flexibility so the state, federal and local governments can better coordinate in preparation for the storm. Scott is also urging residents and visitors to do their part to get prepared.
“Whether this is the storm that impacts your family or there’s another one. It looks like according to the National Hurricane Center we’re going to have an active season. Hopefully we won’t have landfall in the state. But get ready,” Scott says.
Scott says people should keep in mind that the track of the storm can shift quickly and impacts are expected to be felt far outside the storm’s predicted path. The state emergency operations center is tentatively planning a round-the-clock activation beginning Sunday.