State of Florida prepares for Irma’s arrival

HOLT, Fla., Sept. 6, 2017—The Florida governor took several actions Tuesday in preparation of Hurricane Irma’s expected landfall later this week.

Actions include activating Florida’s National Guard, suspending tolls across the state and closing state offices on Friday.

Gov. Rick Scott activated 100 members of the Florida Air and Army National Guard to support with planning, logistics and operations in preparation for potential impacts from Hurricane Irma.

They will be stationed across the state and advise the governor on available and needed resources to ensure communities are fully prepared for the storm.

In addition, all 7,000 National Guard members will be reporting for duty Friday morning.

Scott also directed Florida Department of Transportation to suspend tolls across the entire state of Florida beginning Tuesday to keep traffic flowing.

Suspending tolls allows people to better prepare for potential storm impacts such as getting hurricane supplies and evacuating when necessary.

“They will be suspended for the duration of the storm’s impact to Florida,” Scott said in a news release. “Ensuring the safety of Florida families and visitors is our top priority and suspending tolls statewide will help people quickly evacuate and make it easier for all Floridians to access important hurricane supplies to ensure they are fully prepared.”

Additionally, state offices in all 67 Florida counties will be closed Friday.

“Ensuring the safety of these hardworking individuals and their families is a top priority,” he said in a news release. “I am directing all state offices to be closed this Friday so our state employees can fully focus on preparing for this storm and keeping their families safe.”

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