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Fla. Gov. Rick Scott sends disaster declaration to President Trump

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Florida Governor Rick Scott held a Press conference from the Emergency Managment Center. He announced that he has filed an emergency declaration with President Trump.

He stated that the storm is nearly 80 miles south of Naples and a 15-foot storm surge is expected in some areas.

Scott said that the state of Florida has accepted the help offered by other states. More than 10,000 guard troops are heading to the state for assistance.

The state has also prepared more than 500 law enforcement vessels.

"We will make it through this together," Scott said.

The governor cautioned that families in the Florida panhandle need to remain on high alert now that the storm has shifted.

"Everybody needs to be safe," Scott said. "The storm surge can depend on the winds it can be before the storm or after the storm.

The Governor said that after the storm has passed the main priorities will be fuel and reopening the ports to receive those shipments. They will also work to U.S. 1 back open as part of the roadway remains flooded.

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