BAY COUNTY, Fla. - Governor Rick Scott was back at the Bay County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Friday afternoon to update residents on the possible threat Tropical Storm Nate brings to the Panhandle.
The governor wants residents to prepare for whatever the storm brings.
" I know that many of you have plans for this weekend like spending time with family and watching football. But do not let this storm catch you off guard. Follow the weather and listen to your local officials. Families must be ready. This storm has recently moved eastward, and is directly affecting our state, we cannot be complacent," Governor Scott said.
He also noted that a hurricane watch is in effect from the western edge of Escambia County to the Okaloosa and Walton County line, in addition to numerous storm surge and tropical storm watches in the eastern part of the Panhandle.
Though the storm's path seem to be looking westward, Joby Smith, the Bay County Emergency Management Division Chief said the governor is focusing on preparing for the worst.
"There's a very good chance that we're not going to see anything from this, but the fact that it has shown a little eastern movement he just wants to make sure that you know we're still in the cone and as long you're still in that area within the cone that we might still see some effects of the storm," Smith said.
The FHP is also pairing with the Department of Transportation to monitor roads in case of potential evacuations.
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