HOLT, Fla., Oct. 5, 2017–Florida Gov. Rick Scott today declared a state of emergency in 29 counties in response to Tropical Storm Nate.
Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Escambia and Walton are included in the declaration.
While the National Hurricane Center predicts Nate to make landfall closer to New Orleans, by declaring a state of emergency, the governor is ensuring local governments have ample time, resources and flexibility to prepare for the storm and are not hindered, delayed or prevented from taking necessary actions to keep communities safe, according to information on the governor’s website.
Preparations include putting 7,000 Florida National Guard members on standby for response if needed.
Utility companies are contacting mutual aid partners to determine availability if external resources are needed to restore services.
The state is contacting fuel industry partners to prepare for potential storm impacts. At this time, there are no reported supply, distribution or retail fuel shortages or issues, according to the website.
The NHC’s 5 p.m. EDT update shows the three-day cone storm cone falling just west of the Florida-Alabama border. Regardless, panhandle residents should continue to monitor Nate’s progress.