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Panhandle Counties In A State Of Emergency

Due to severe weather Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared 26 counties in a state of emergency. Scott says the panhandle has seen 22 inches of rain so far and should expect to get more.

“We’ve had flash flooding. We’ve had about 300 request for evacuations," Scott says. "We’ve been sending vehicles there we’ve sent 24 high water vehicles from the National Guard. Fish and Wildlife is there with 31 vehicles, 13 boats."

Scott says about 28,000 homes are without power.  He adds he’s seen news reports about at least one fatality from the storm, but says that death hasn’t been confirmed. Meanwhile, the Florida Senate opened its floor session with a moment of silence in honor of two people Senators say they’ve heard have died due to the weather.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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