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Gov. Scott: Prepare Now In Case Erika Makes Landfall

Erika's projected path.
National Oceanic And Atmospheric Association

Tropical Storm Erika is heading north and that could mean Florida’s hurricane drought is at an end.  State officials say preparations are already under way.

Governor Rick Scott is urging Floridians to prepare now in case Erika makes landfall in the state.  Scott says there are 8,000 Florida guardsmen at the ready, and he’s already working with local officials who could be in the storm’s path.

“So we, we’re working with them and there’s no unmet needs,” Scott says.  “Then from a state level the next thing we do is we work with our National Guard, but as you know, we work with FEMA, we’ve already contacted FEMA, we work with—when there is a disaster we have relationships with other states and we all work together.”

Erika’s trajectory is still uncertain, but current models show it tracking along Florida’s east coast.  Most of the state lies with the in the range of forecasted paths for the storm.

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.