BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — While Tropical Storm Debbie will not hit the east coast of Florida directly, expect to feel the impact here and state-wide. Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency as Debbie approaches.
Here’s the official statement:
Due to the impacts of Tropical Storm Debby, Governor Rick Scott today signed Executive Order 12-140, declaring a statewide state of emergency. The Executive Order designates Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan W. Koon as the State Coordinating Officer. The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is operating at a Level One, full activation.
“Because of the broad impact of Tropical Storm Debby, virtually every county in Florida could be affected. Some communities are already grappling with flooding, wind damage and electrical outages,” said Governor Scott. “This executive order allows the State Emergency Response Team to quickly and effectively coordinate the response and ensure needed resources are available. Florida’s residents and guests should stay informed of the progress of Tropical Storm Debby and heed all instructions from local officials to keep their family, friends and businesses safe.”
The Executive Order directs all state agencies, including the Florida National Guard, to provide any necessary assistance when requested by local governments. The Governor was briefed this morning at the SEOC and will remain informed of the emergency situation due to Tropical Storm Debby. Under Florida law, the Governor has the ultimate responsibility for protecting the public health and safety in emergencies that are beyond the capability of local government to control.
The SEOC in Tallahassee was fully activated Monday afternoon as a result of the potential impacts to the State from Tropical Storm Debby. The SEOC will continue to support requests for assistance from impacted counties.