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Rick Scott to visit Tampa ahead of storm

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As Tropical Depression 9 churns toward the Sunshine State, Gov. Rick Scott plans to visit Tampa’s Emergency Operations Center.

There, he’ll be “briefed on the storm’s potential impacts to the area,” a news release said.

His revised daily schedule shows him at the East Hanna Avenue location at 5 p.m.

It could strengthen to a named tropical storm by later today, either Hermine or Ian.

The National Hurricane Center has the storm track going through the Tampa Bay area, the Nature Coast along the Gulf and the Big Bend in the next 48 hours, according to the governor’s office.

“The system will have the potential to produce widespread coastal and inland flooding, storm surge and gusty winds along the Florida Gulf Coast,” the release said.

For more information on preparing for severe weather, go to

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at

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