TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Ahead of an anticipated tropical cyclone striking the state, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis expanded the state of emergency and requested a federal pre-landfall state of emergency declaration for the entire state.
The declaration states that the Florida Division of Emergency Management, working together with the National Hurricane Center to evaluate weather predictions, has determined there is a continuing risk of dangerous storm surge, heavy rainfall, flash flooding, strong winds, hazardous seas, and isolated tornadic activity for Florida’s Peninsula and portions of the Florida Big Bend, North Florida, and Northeast Florida.
The initial State of Emergency issued on Friday only included 24 counties in the state.
By issuing the state of emergency, the governor’s office notes the declaration will make available important resources and support, as well as free up funding sources for emergency protective measures.
Under the emergency order, members of the Florida National Guard will be activated and on standby awaiting orders.
To read the entire order, click here.