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Power outages, flooding in Florida due to Tropical Storm Colin

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Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Colin hit north Florida and southern Georgia on Monday, knocking out power in some areas and flooding roads on the Gulf coast. Residents filled sandbags, schools closed early and graduation ceremonies were postponed as Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency. The National Hurricane Center said Colin marked the earliest that a third named storm has ever formed in the Atlantic basin. Colin’s maximum sustained winds Monday were near 50 mph (85 kph) with…

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Rick Scott declares state of emergency in 34 counties ahead as Tropical Storm Colin touches down

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Just six days into 2016 hurricane season, Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 34 Florida counties ahead of Tropical Storm Colin’s landfall. Scott issued the declaration via executive order shortly before noon on Monday, citing maximum sustained winds of at least 39 miles per hour and the potential for severe storm damage in counties from Sarasota in the Tampa Bay area all the way to Franklin in the state’s Panhandle. Afterward, Scott addressed reporters at the State Emergency Operations Center…

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Top state officials still can’t agree on new Insurance Commissioner

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A second Florida Cabinet meeting has ended with no agreement on a new state Insurance Commissioner. Gov. Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater again deadlocked on Tuesday, further stalling the process. In a near replay of the last meeting, an intransigent Scott again moved to hire retired insurance executive Jeffrey Bragg. An equally intransigent Atwater declined to second the nomination after an almost palpably long silence. Under state law, Scott and Atwater first have to agree on one candidate. The Office Of Insurance Regulation is under the Department…

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Could new Insurance Commissioner be hired Tuesday?

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And then there were four. Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet are scheduled to interview four candidates Tuesday for the position of state Insurance Commissioner. The Cabinet meeting kicks off at 9 a.m. in the Capitol. The interviews, which could result in someone being appointed at the meeting, are last on the agenda. Time is of the essence: Hurricane season starts June 1. “The coming … season should produce a near-average 12 named storms before it ends in November,” Insurance…

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