Scott Declares State Of Emergency Over Nate

MIAMI, FL - JULY 10: Florida Governor Rick Scott speaks as he holds a Venezuelan Freedom Rally at El Arepazo 2 restaurant on July 10, 2017, in Miami, Florida. Governor Scott called on the Venezuelan government to free Leopoldo Lopez, a political prisoner from house arrest, as well as those that have been wrongly imprisoned by Nicolas Maduro's government. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

SOUTHPORT, Fla. (Newsradio 970 WFLA)-Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in 29 counties within the State of Florida in response to Tropical Storm Nate. 

The counties under the state of emergency are Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy, Baker, Union, Bradford, and Alachua counties

Governor Scott is ensuring that local governments have ample time, resources and flexibility to get prepared for this storm and are not hindered, delayed or prevented from taking all necessary actions to keep communities safe.

Scott said, “Tropical Storm Nate is headed north toward our state and Florida must be prepared." Scott says while current forecast models have the storm’s center west of Florida, "we must be vigilant and get prepared." 

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