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Gov. Scott: Florida Panhandle could see 18 inches of rain

6:06 PM, Aug 26, 2012   |    comments
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Tropical Storm Isaac's damage to the Florida Keys won't be fully known until daybreak Monday, Gov. Rick Scott said during his 6 p.m. briefing on Sunday.

Minor power outages were being reported in the southern parts of the state, Scott said, but crews were already being dispatched to help with that.

Even though the storm was moving further westward, Scott still encouraged Floridians to be prepared; have a three-day supply of food and water on hand and a full tank of gas in the car.

"One positive," Scott said, "This storm is going faster, so anything that's happening, it will happen faster."

Scott was accompanied by local officials such as Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who said that dealing with emergency management along with preparations for the upcoming Republican National Convention has been a real team effort.

"We're going to show the world from Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday what a great place this is," Buckhorn said.

The storm is now expected to make landfall in Mississippi, but Florida's Panhandle will still feel the effects of the storm. Scott said the region could see 18 inches of rain and tropical storm force winds will be in effect for Escambia County for 40 hours.

Wherever the storm goes in the Gulf region, Scott said Florida will be ready to help with relief efforts.

"The state of Florida will be prepared to assist the other states. It's positive for us that it's moving a little bit further west, but whether it's Alabama, Mississippi or Louisiana, we'll be prepared to be helpful to them," Scott said.


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