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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 15:40

Tropical Storm Emily Triggers State of Emergency for 31 Florida Counties

(TNS) - Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 31 Florida counties including Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade as Tropical Storm Emily made landfall on Florida’s Gulf Coast on Monday morning.

The storm, which formed suddenly on Monday morning just off Tampa, wasn’t expected to directly affect South Florida but forecasters said it could dump several inches of rain.

The state of emergency was in effect for 31 counties including Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee. The declaration “gives the state the flexibility to work with local governments to ensure that they have the resources they may need,” said a statement from Scott’s office.