Gov. Rick Scott Urges Floridians to Monitor Weather, Be Prepared For Potential Storm Impacts
By Space Coast Daily // August 28, 2016
Governor Rick Scott spoke with the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) to get an update on potential storm impacts.
FDEM is continuing to actively monitor a developing storm system as it approaches the Florida Straits, and is urging everyone in Florida to remain vigilant as it moves toward the Gulf of Mexico.
FDEM has not elevated the activation level of the State Emergency Operations Center, or activated the State Emergency Response Team but stands ready.
South Florida and the Keys will likely see an increasing threat for heavy rainfall and rip currents this weekend.
“We are continuing to closely monitor the storm’s development and its potential impacts to Florida. We know that heavy rainfall is expected to begin across South Florida during the early hours tomorrow morning and may last for the next several days,” said Governor Rick Scott.
There is also a potential for heavy rain to extend to the Gulf Coast, and that is why everyone across our state must be fully prepared. In Florida, we know that weather can change quickly and with little warning, and families and businesses must make sure they already have a plan in place.
I encourage Floridians to take advantage of the many resources available to help ensure our state is prepared in advance of any storm, such as FLGetAPlan.com. We are also continuing to combat the Zika virus, and it will be incredibly important for everyone to remember to dump standing water, no matter how small, following any rain.
Our number one priority is keeping our families safe and we will continue to release updates on this storm as it develops over the weekend.”
The NHC has designated the developing system as Invest 99L, and estimates it to have a 20-percent chance of cyclone formation in the next 48 hours and a 40-percent chance of cyclone formation within the next five days.
Heavy rainfall of 2-6 inches is expected over the next several days across South Florida along with occasionally gusty winds, rip currents and possible waterspouts. There is also the potential for heavy rain for portions of the Panhandle.
FDEM Director Bryan Koon, said, “We are continuing to monitor this storm and its potential impacts, and I encourage everyone in Florida to remain prepared for the possibility of its further development.”
The next name on the 2016 Atlantic Storm name list is Hermine (pronounced Er-meen).