After Hurricane Hermine recently made landfall near St. Marks, Florida, Gov. Rick Scott commended the state’s resilience and encouraged residents to continue to cope with damages — including some lingering dangerous conditions — in the storm’s aftermath.
The storm, classified as a Category 1 hurricane, immediately brought first responders to impacted coastal areas. Gov. Scott stated that he would tour affected areas and that there is much work remaining.
“As we all braced for impact and kept our families safe overnight, our emergency response personnel worked non-stop to respond to the needs of our communities,” Gov. Scott said. “We will spend the coming days assessing the damage and responding to the needs of our communities and Florida families.”
Gov. Scott said the number one priority now is to stay safe. “While the storm has passed through our state, everyone must still take precautions and stay tuned to local weather stations for updates on road and weather conditions," he said.
Residents are urged to take care and watch for fallen tree limbs and other debris on the roads, as well as power outages. Additionally, coastal flooding is still a hazard. In Pasco and Hernando counties, for example, fire and rescue staff joined sheriff’s deputies to rescue families and individuals from rising floodwaters.
Gov. Scott expressed gratitude to many resources, including the National Guard, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Florida Baptist and scores of volunteers.
“Florida knows how to prepare and we also know how to lend a hand to our neighbors in need,” Gov. Scott said. “Florida is a resilient state and we will all come together to rebuild and recover from this storm.”