Sunshine State residents were greeted with multiple weather-related warnings at the tail end of August, culminating in a formal state of emergency declaration. According to an official press release from his office, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced an executive order pertaining to oncoming stormy weather.
While the order and the release both refer to the system as Tropical Depression #9, it was later described as Tropical Storm Hermine as it gathered strength. Regardless, the Executive Order, number 16-205, impacted 42 total counties over a five-day forecast period. The statement included a link to a web resource designed to help residents further prepare.
Governor Scott specifically referred to the growing activity seen on Aug. 30, a day before the release was published.
"Tropical Depression #9, it was later described as Tropical Storm Hermine."
"Last night, hurricane and tropical storm watches were issued along Florida's Gulf Coast from Pasco County to Gulf County," he said. "We also learned that the National Hurricane Center expects Tropical Depression Nine to become a Tropical Storm sometime today. It is crucial that every Floridian has a plan in place to ensure their families, homes and businesses are fully prepared."
The day before, the Governor indeed took action to monitor the storm, as he said in a previous release. This statement said that the storm could potentially involve wind gusts and flooding in the Gulf Coast area.
USA Today identified this weather system as Tropical Storm Hermine, and said it could even progress to hurricane status as it makes landfall in Florida.
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