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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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The day that was in Florida politics – March 19

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A marijuana lobbyist said to me a couple of weeks ago that he suspected the latest challenge to the Charlotte’s Web rule would “smoke out” people’s true intention; whether they disliked the rule or disliked the law. It’s the end of the third week of the session and we’re getting to the “smoke out” point on a few issues. Thursday things got a little smoky with the environment, healthcare and the list of approved words for state employees. Don’t know…

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