Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for Florida in response to Hurricane Irma

click to enlarge Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for Florida in response to Hurricane Irma
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Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in response to Irma, which just recently became a Category 4 hurricane.

While it's a little too soon to know how, where and if Hurricane Irma will impact the continental U.S., Scott announced Monday evening that Florida is now under a state of emergency so that federal, state and local governments can properly prepare for the storm's potential impact.

Some models show Irma possibly hitting southern Florida this Friday, Sept. 8, and some show it missing us completely. However, in the meantime, it wouldn't be a bad idea to check your hurricane kit.

Scott's state of emergency has been issued for all 67 counties in Florida. "Hurricane Irma poses a severe threat to the entire State of Florida and requires that timely precautions are taken to protect the communities, critical infrastructure, and general welfare of this State," said the Governor in the executive order.

Earlier today, the Governor of Puerto Rico also issued a state of emergency. The storm is expected to hit the northwest Caribbean Tuesday. 
A hurricane watch was in effect for Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, the British and U.S. Virgin islands, as well as Guadeloupe.

For more information on how to prepare for Irma, visit

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