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Florida Governor Rick Scott warned residents not to ignore evacuation orders ahead of Hurricane Irma. (Sept. 6)

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Gov. Scott declares pre-Irma State of Emergency

Hurricane Irma on Sept. 4, 2017

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in the state as rapidly growing Hurricane Irma, now a Category 4 storm, is expected to make landfall later this week.

The state of emergency has been issued for all of Florida’s 67 counties. Scott said that the state would “prepare for the worst and hope for the best” as Irma is expected to hit the state around Friday.

The governor tweeted Monday that he urges “all Floridians to remain vigilant and stay alert to local weather and news and visit FLGetAPlan.com today to get prepared.”

FEMA extends filing deadline for Hermine claims

The state Office of Insurance Regulation announced this week that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended a 60-day filing deadline to 90 days for National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders making claims from the early September storm, (commencing on Aug. 31, 2016 through Sept. 9),  that swept through northern Florida.

FEMA gives relief to Hermine victims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the State of Florida and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), announced today more than $7.3 million in disaster assistance grants and loans has been distributed to Hurricane Hermine-affected homeowners and renters.

To date, FEMA distributed $4.8 million in grants to individuals and households for temporary rental assistance, essential home repairs and other disaster-related needs.

CCSO: Beware of fraud, scams, price gouging

State and federal recovery officials encourage Florida residents to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud from scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals who may try to prey on survivors vulnerable due to the recent hurricanes.

Final pickup for storm debris scheduled

Citrus County will be conducting a final pickup for storm generated debris, including private roads, on the west side of U.S. 19.

Debris removal will begin on Monday Oct. 17.

All debris will be picked up by Oct. 26. Vegetation, and white goods (appliances), should be separated from other storm debris.

This will be the final storm-generated debris pickup.

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