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Scott Declares State Of Emergency As Alberto Approaches

Governor Rick Scott in his office in front of a Florida flag
Office of Gov. Rick Scott

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.

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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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