Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in the state as Hurricane Irma is gaining strength and is now a Category 4 storm, is expected to make landfall later this week.


Gov. Scott Declares State of Emergency to Prepare Florida for Hurricane Irma


NAPLES, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order 17-235 declaring a state of emergency in all 67 counties within the State of Florida in response to Hurricane Irma – a major Category 4 storm approaching Florida. By declaring a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties, Governor Scott is ensuring that local governments have ample time, resources and flexibility to get prepared for this dangerous storm and are not hindered, delayed or prevented from taking all necessary actions to keep communities safe.

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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.


Today, given these forecasts and the intensity of this storm, I have declared a state of emergency for every county in Florida to make certain that state, federal and local governments are able to work together and make sure resources are dispersed to local communities as we get prepared for this storm.

In Florida, we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best and while the exact path of Irma is not absolutely known at this time, we cannot afford to not be prepared. This state of emergency allows our emergency management officials to act swiftly in the best interest of Floridians without the burden of bureaucracy or red tape.


“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.”

“I have declared a state of emergency for every FL county to help state, federal and local governments work together as we prepare for .”

“I urge all Floridians to remain vigilant and stay alert to local weather and news and visit  today to get prepared.”

“Use today to buy hurricane supplies and make sure disaster kits are ready. Be prepared for Hurricane Irma now.

America’s Freedom Fighters just reported that Hurricane Irma is a growing threat to the continental United States, with impacts possibly beginning in Florida later this week. Before that, Irma will bring dangerous conditions to the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Bahamas and Cuba.

Puerto Rico’s governor declared a state of emergency on Monday ahead of powerful Hurricane Irma which has strengthened into a Category 4 storm.

The National Guard was also activated as the U.S. territory prepares for the storm to hit on Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

For now, all residents along the Southeast Coast and eastern Gulf Coast, including Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, should monitor the progress of Irma closely.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its advisory late Monday morning that the chances of Irma affecting parts of Florida later this week or next weekend are increasing. In addition, rough surf and dangerous boating conditions will exist throughout the southeastern U.S. coastline by late week.

The National Hurricane Center said Irma had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph Monday afternoon and some strengthening was expected over the next two days.

In the Dominican Republic, Public Works Minister Gonzalo Castillo said workers are clearing away road works and cleaning blockages from sewers. He noted that President Danilo Medina will lead a meeting with emergencies agencies on Monday to discuss storm preparations.

Destructive winds, storm surge inundation, pounding surf and heavy rainfall could all be potential threats from Irma in the Southeast U.S. Determining where those impacts will occur and how serious they may be is too early to determine.

No matter what the future holds for Irma’s path and intensity, the NHC advises, “Everyone in hurricane-prone areas should ensure that they have their hurricane plan in place, as we are now near the peak of the season.”

Stay safe out there patriots. We will have you in our prayers.

God Bless.

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