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Scott Talks Isaac After Storm Turns to Hurricane

By: Whitney Ray; James Buechele Email
By: Whitney Ray; James Buechele Email

Tallahassee, Florida- August 28, 2012

Isaac became a hurricane shortly after noon today. The storm is expected to make landfall in Louisiana overnight and leave Florida mostly unscathed. Governor Rick Scott continues to track Isaac even as it veers west of Florida.

Waiting on orders, these Red Cross trucks from all over the country are idle for now, as volunteers wait for Hurricane Isaac to strike.

“These vehicles we use for mobile feeding for hot meals and bulk distribution,” said Becky Maxwell, a Red Cross Feeding Manager.

Florida may have dodged a bullet. Isaac threatened to wreak havoc on Tampa during the Republican National Convention, before tracking west. Tuesday afternoon, the storm was upgraded to hurricane status.

Isaac ruined Governor Rick Scott’s convention plans. Scott was supposed to speak Monday night, but party leaders held a quick gavel and go session to protect delegates from dangerous travel conditions.

From the Emergency Operation Center Tuesday Scott told reporters he made the right decision.

“The most important thing right now is to keep everybody that lives in our state, everybody whose visiting our state safe and that’s what everybody up here is doing, including me,” said Scott.

While Isaac strengthens, its path continues to veer past Florida, but elements of the storm will still impact the state.

“This afternoon we will have tropical storm force winds through tonight. The concern is flash floods, inland flooding, storm surge; we’re going to get rain,” said Scott.

Palm Beach is experiencing the worst flooding it’s seen in the past 100 years and statewide rain continues to fall, including areas still reeling from damage left by Tropical Storm Debby.

Scott also toured the FEMA Joint Field Office in Tallahassee this afternoon and was briefed on recovery efforts for Florida counties hit by Tropical Storm Debby.
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Tallahassee, Florida- August 28, 2012

On Saturday, Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in Florida. Ever since he's given news conferences updating residents on Isaac's activities.

The governor is expected to give another briefing regarding the latest from Isaac and plans for the entire state. And the governor is looking toward the future already.

He's expected to assure visitors and tourists that Florida is and will be open for business and the weather will be great for the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

These comments come while recovery efforts are still underway for flooding that occurred earlier this week in south Florida. The panhandle, is bracing for what is expected to be less rain than originally forecasted.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency still is taking claims from Debby earlier this summer. In fact a week from today marks the last time flood vicitms can make calims for federal aid. Something the governor has been briefed on

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