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Gov, Emergency Officials Stress Preparedness Ahead Of Storm

Governor Rick Scott.
Nick Evans
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Florida Governor Rick Scott is encouraging north Florida residents to get ready for Tropical Storm Hermine.  The storm is headed for Florida’s panhandle.

Forecasters expect tropical storm Hermine to make landfall as a category one hurricane late Thursday.  It’s been more than a decade since a hurricane hit the state and Governor Scott warns residents not to underestimate the storm.

“Bottom line—it’s life threatening.  We’re going to see big storm surge, we’re going to see a lot of rain we’re going to see downed power lines. We’re going to see—there’s going to be a lot risk if we don’t do our job, everybody needs to be prepared.”

Ahead of the storm, Scott has declared a state of emergency in 51 counties.  Local officials are encouraging residents to have three days’ worth of fresh water and food. 

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.