Gov. Rick Scott declares state of emergency

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Posted at 5:19 PM, Sep 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-04 17:19:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties as Hurricane Irma approaches west along the Atlantic Ocean towards Florida.

He announced the issuance on Monday, declaring a state of emergency in all 67 counties within the State of Florida in response to Hurricane Irma. 

By declaring a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties, his team says that they are ensuring that local governments have ample time, resources and flexibility to get prepared for the storm.

Governor Scott said, “Hurricane Irma is a major and life-threatening storm and Florida must be prepared. I have continued to be briefed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Irma and current forecast models have Florida in Irma’s path – potentially impacting millions of Floridians.

“In Florida, we know that the best way to protect our families in severe weather is to have a plan. I urge all Floridians to remain vigilant and stay alert to local weather and news and visit today as we all prepare for Hurricane Irma. We will keep monitoring and issuing updates on Hurricane Irma as it approaches Florida.”