Governor declares State of Emergency in Florida

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for 42 counties in Florida in preparation for damage expected from Tropical Depression Nine. The National Hurricane Center expected the storm to be upgraded to a Tropical Storm at some point today and is expected to bring heavy rains to parts of western Florida and cause regionalized flooding. (WFLA)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WFLA) – Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in 42 counties in Florida in preparation for Tropical Depression Nine.

Governor Scott said, “Last night, hurricane and tropical storm watches were issued along Florida’s Gulf Coast from Pasco County to Gulf County. We also learned that the National Hurricane Center expects Tropical Depression Nine to become a Tropical Storm sometime today. It is crucial that every Floridian has a plan in place to ensure their families, homes and businesses are fully prepared. Floridians can make their own plan at FLGetaPlan.com. I have been closely monitoring this storm’s development and our emergency management officials have been working hard to make sure we are ready to respond to any potential impacts. By declaring a state of emergency in advance of this storm, we are ensuring that state, regional and local agencies can work together to meet the needs of our communities. We will continue to do all we can to keep our families and visitors safe and informed as this storm approaches our state.”

RIGHT NOW:

The storm remains a Tropical Depression and is heading north toward Florida’s Big Bend, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center.

The storm remains a Tropical Depression and is heading north toward Florida’s Big Bend, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center. All of Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties are now under a Tropical Storm Warning. The depression is centered about 425 miles southwest of Tampa.

The depression’s maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 kph). But the U.S. National Hurricane Center says strengthening is forecast and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm later in the day. The Hurricane Center says it also could become a hurricane by the time it makes landfall.

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