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Craig Fugate fumes while Florida sinks in a sea of bulls**t!

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Like a teenager who wants Daddy’s money, but not Daddy’s directives, Gov. Rick Scott is not embarrassed to throw tantrums when the feds fail to pony-up fast enough whenever it rains, even as he sticks his fingers in his ears at unwanted advice like “try rolling up your windows.” Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) director Craig Fugate isn’t having it. Fugate was the wind beneath then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s wings in the horrific hurricane seasons of the decade past. The Bush…

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Obama wants to make sure people take storm threat seriously

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President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged residents of Florida and other states along the path of Hurricane Matthew to take the threat seriously. Government officials are worried about complacency, especially in South Florida, which hasn’t seen a major hurricane in 11 years. Obama said the hurricane will be building in strength as it makes its way to Florida. Even if states don’t see the full force of the hurricane, there is still the potential for devastating effects from tropical force…

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President Obama signs Florida disaster declaration

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It’s been a long time coming, but President Obama signed off Wednesday on declaring a major disaster exists in Florida, ordering federal aid to areas affected by Hurricane Hermine earlier this month. Obama’s actions now make federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Citrus, Dixie, Hernando, Leon, Levy, and Pasco. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from…

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Angry Rick Scott wants Barack Obama declare Florida disaster after Hermine

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No doubt there is bad blood between the Rick Scott and Barack Obama administrations. It could be a reason why the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has rejected Scott’s request for federal assistance for a multitude of bad weather events — as well as requests for federal funds for handling the Zika virus and the Pulse nightclub shooting — over the past year. But in a letter directed to the President on Tuesday, the governor lays out the case that it’s beyond…

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Winter is coming, and so is an El Niño pattern in FL

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Federal Emergency Management Agency officials and meteorologists say Floridians should brace themselves for a wet and wild winter, all because of El Nino. The weather pattern happens every few years when the Pacific Ocean warms up around the equator. This year’s is one of the strongest El Ninos on record. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate told The Associated Press that the last time Florida saw such a strong El Nino, dozens people died from tornadoes. Fugate says Floridians should be prepared…

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Marco Rubio asks FEMA to prepare for federal disaster relief to Tampa Bay area

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The skies were clear Tuesday morning in Tampa, but again rains were expected later in the day during what has been an intense period of wet weather that has led to widespread flooding in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties. Two days after Pinellas area U.S. Rep. David Jolly wrote a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency asking the federal government to pay special attention to the Tampa Bay area if it decides to deploy aid to Florida, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is now…

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