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Nate poised to send wind, waves to Panhandle

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Florida’s western Panhandle, the one area of the state spared the impact of Hurricane Irma nearly a month ago, is expected to get winds, surging water and rain this weekend from fast-moving Tropical Storm Nate.

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Rick Scott declares state of emergency for Nate

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Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday declared a state of emergency in 29 Florida counties as Tropical Storm Nate seems headed for the state. Scott issued Executive Order 17-262 declaring a state of emergency in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy, Baker, Union, Bradford, and Alachua counties.

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State of emergency extended for Pinellas

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The Pinellas County Commission voted to extend the area’s state of emergency for another week during a special commission meeting Thursday.

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Rick Scott declares state of emergency for Hurricane Irma

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Gov. Rick Scott has declared a statewide state of emergency as Hurricane Irma appears more likely to affect Florida. Scott issued an executive order on Monday afternoon.

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Rick Scott declares weather emergency, reviews storm plans

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Gov. Rick Scott expanded a state of emergency Wednesday to include nine additional counties as Florida braced for Tropical Storm Hermine to hit the Gulf Coast. His executive order brought 50 of Florida’s 67 counties under the storm watch. “We are in constant communication with local communities, and we stand ready to respond to any impacts, especially as we anticipate that the storm could become a hurricane before it reaches landfall tomorrow,” Scott said.  “As we brace for this storm to impact…

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Joe Henderson: Love is perfect message on day of horror

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(Editor’s note: We bring this column to highlight an important viewpoint on Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando.) The sermon Sunday morning in my house of worship was about love. In light of current events that seems odd, doesn’t it? We woke to the news that a gunman with apparent ties to radical Islam murdered at least 50 people during a shooting rampage in Orlando. Pastor Patina Ripkey acknowledged the horror 90 miles to the east. And then spent the next…

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Rick Scott declares a state of emergency for Orange County after Orlando shooting

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Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in Orange County after the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub Sunday morning, which has so far claimed 50 lives and is the deadliest shooting in U.S. history. In an executive order issued Sunday, Scott declared that Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Richard Swearingen would be the State Coordinating Officer for the duration of the emergency. In the order, Scott announced that Swearingen has the authority to direct the state’s…

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