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Rick Scott seeks pre-landfall emergency status from feds

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Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday asked President Donald Trump to declare a pre-landfall emergency for Florida in preparation for Hurricane Irma, the Governor’s Office announced. “A pre-landfall declaration will provide important resources and assistance from the federal government and would free up funding sources for emergency protective measures such as shoring up beach dunes, building emergency berms and planning for potential evacuations,” a press release explained.

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Emergency gun-carry in effect during Hurricane Matthew

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A spot of good news for some Hurricane Matthew evacuees: A law passed last year allows them to carry concealed weapons or firearms without a permit to do so. The law allows concealed weapons “while in the act of complying” with a mandatory evacuation order issued during a state of emergency declared by the governor or by local authorities. It defines “complying” as the “immediate and urgent movement … away from the evacuation zone” within 48 hours of the evacuation order. It…

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Hermine has passed but danger has not, Rick Scott warns

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Don’t let your guard down now that Hurricane Hermine has passed, Gov. Rick Scott urged Friday. “We know there is a lot of work left to do following this storm. We will spend the coming days assessing the damage and responding to the needs of our communities and Florida families,” he said. “The number one thing is to stay safe. While the storm has passed through our state, everyone must still take precautions and stay tuned to local weather stations for…

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