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Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton crew conducts Hurricane Irma relief efforts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton began conducting Hurricane Irma relief efforts Tuesday on the east coast of Florida. The Hamilton crew arrived off the coast of Jacksonville early Tuesday morning, after battling through the narrow band of more than 15-foot seas between Hurricane Irma and Jose throughout the weekend. Upon arrival, the crew began conducting a preliminary assessment of the entrance to the St. Johns River in Jacksonville. The Hamilton crew deployed its 35-ft Long Range Interceptor small boat to survey the port, whose five man crew traveled up the river, assessed the status of aids...

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Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Continued Hurricane Irma Response Efforts

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Today, September 12th, 2017, Governor Rick Scott toured impacts of Hurricane Irma in Lee County with City of Bonita Springs Mayor Peter Simmons and Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno, and joined Adjutant General of Florida Maj. Gen. Michael Calhoun, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, and members of the National Guard on an aerial tour to assess damage from Hurricane Irma in Jacksonville. Over the past few days, Governor Scott has also visited four shelters in Pensacola, Immokalee, Jacksonville and Fort Myers. The Governor will continue to be in constant communication with state and local emergency management officials, city...

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Gov. Scott: More Fuel and Restoring Power is Florida’s Top Priority

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Today, September 12th, 2017, Governor Rick Scott made it clear that Florida’s top priorities continue to be getting fuel delivered to gas stations and getting power turned back on for 100 percent of homes and businesses. While significant progress has been made on both fronts, the Governor will continue to aggressively work until every Floridian can return to work and their kids can go back to school.   Governor Scott said, “Florida is an incredibly resilient state and now it is time that we come together and rebuild. After visiting shelters this week and talking...

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Gulf Power crews at the ready for possible storm outages

Gulf Power crews at the ready for possible storm outages Pensacola, Florida – While much of Florida braces for Hurricane Irma’s trek up the western coast of the state, Gulf Power has activated its McCrary Storm Center and is monitoring the storm and evaluating its potential impact on Northwest Florida. Based on current forecasts, the energy provider predicts that approximately 20,000 customers in Northwest Florida may lose power as a result of severe winds — with the majority of the outages occurring in and around the Bay County area. As the storm continues to move and shift, that number...

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Gov. Rick Scott: President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, just hours after Governor Rick Scott’s request, President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration. This declaration authorizes federal funding to flow directly to Floridians impacted by Hurricane Irma and reimburses local communities and the state government to aid in response and recovery from Hurricane Irma. This morning, Hurricane Irma made landfall at Cudjoe Key in the Lower Florida Keys. Governor Rick Scott said, “It’s clear that the entire country is standing with Florida as Hurricane Irma batters our state right now. I have heard from people all across the world that want to help and...

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FSU-PC Closure Update 9.10.17

Panama City, Florida – FSU-PC Closure Extended thru Friday, September 15th, 2017 Updated 1:45 p.m. Sat. Sept. 9, 2017 Based on the most recent forecast from the National Hurricane Center, Florida State University is extending its current closure through Friday, Sept. 15, due to concerns about the impact of the storm and possible long-term power outages as a result of fallen trees. Travel to the east and the south is STRONGLY DISCOURAGED. DO NOT travel into the path of the hurricane. Please continue to monitor the latest weather information from the National Weather Service or other official weather sources....

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