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Tropical Storm Laura: Gov. DeSantis asking President Trump to issue pre-landfall emergency for Florida

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Posted at 7:45 PM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 23:48:29-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As Tropical Storm Laura continues to move west, Governor Ron DeSantis issued a state of emergency in counties in the storm’s path.

In addition to issuing a state of emergency, Gov. DeSantis sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting the nation’s commander in chief to declare a pre-landfall emergency for Florida. Gov. DeSantis’ request for the pre-landfall emergency includes the following Tampa Bay counties: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Manatee, Pasco and Sarasota.

Below is the letter sent to President Trump:

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Laura is expected to reach Puerto Rico Saturday morning and is expected to deliver up to six inches of rain through Sunday. Chief Meteorologist Denis Phillips has previously described Laura’s system s “ragged” and “disorganized” so we are still unsure as of Friday night of how much the named storm will impact the Tampa Bay area next week.

As of Friday night, Laura remains a tropical storm and is packing 45 mph winds, according to the National Weather Service.