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Rick Scott declares weather emergency, reviews storm plans

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Gov. Rick Scott expanded a state of emergency Wednesday to include nine additional counties as Florida braced for Tropical Storm Hermine to hit the Gulf Coast. His executive order brought 50 of Florida’s 67 counties under the storm watch. “We are in constant communication with local communities, and we stand ready to respond to any impacts, especially as we anticipate that the storm could become a hurricane before it reaches landfall tomorrow,” Scott said.  “As we brace for this storm to impact…

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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…

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St. Pete sewer system ready for TD 9, mayor says

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With memories of the effect Tropical Storm Colin had on St. Petersburg’s sewer system in June fresh in peoples’ minds, Mayor Rick Kriseman sought Tuesday to reassure residents the city is ready for Tropical Depression 9. “The city is prepared for this event,” Kriseman said. The sewer lines have been cleared, he said, and the capacity of the system has been increased. But residents also need to help out. Kriseman asked that residents refrain from using large quantities of water…

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Good ‘Burger awards postponed because of TD 9

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The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce has postponed the Good ‘Burger awards for a week because of the threat posed by Tropical Depression 9. Chris Steinocher, president and CEO of the chamber, sent out this statement Tuesday: “Our Good ‘Burger Awards event is a fun celebration of our community, and due to the current predictions for Tropical Depression 9, we will be moving the date from Thursday, Sept. 1 to a rain date of Thursday, Sept. 8 to ensure your…

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