Florida seeks pre-landfall declaration of emergency from Trump for Hurricane Nate

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, center, and Gov Rick Scott- R Fla., right, participate in a briefing on the Hurricane Irma relief efforts, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Ft. Myers, Fla., at Southwest Florida International airport. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Governor Rick Scott is requesting President Donald Trump to declare a pre-landfall emergency for the State of Florida to prepare and respond to Hurricane Nate.

A pre-landfall declaration will provide important resources and help from the federal government and would free up funding for emergency protective measures.

The pre-landfall request is for 16 Florida counties - Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, and Jefferson.

Governor Scott said, “As Hurricane Nate makes its way to the Gulf Coast, I am requesting President Trump to declare a pre-landfall state of emergency in Florida. This important declaration will make federal resources readily available as Northwest Florida prepares and responds to Hurricane Nate. It’s important for all Floridians to remember that this is a powerful storm and the effects will be felt across the Florida Panhandle. We must not let our guard down. We will continue to work with state, local and federal partners to ensure that every Floridian in the storm’s path is prepared and we are able to quickly respond to Hurricane Nate.”

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