Andrea’s rain began falling Thursday across the Panhandle. The first named storm kicks off what’s expected to be a busy hurricane season. Emergency managers say Andrea is a wake up call.
“It’s a good reminder to citizens in Florida that basically anywhere in the state you can be impacted by a tropical storm or hurricane. Now is a great time to prepare,” said State Emergency Director Bryan Koon.
Governor Rick Scott met with emergency response coordinators Thursday morning.
“We talked with emergency management teams and they’re ready,” said Governor Rick Scott.
Florida National Guard troops were also put on standby early Thursday.
“To monitor and standby, prepare to escalate. Depends on the impact of storm,” said Koon.
The Governor worries the federal sequester is cutting the time National Guardsmen have to train. That could create problems later.
“One thing I still remain very concerned about is President Obama’s sequester efforts. They are forcing our National Guard, 50% of our National Guard to be furloughed part of their time,” said Scott.
The Guard and governor say the state will do whatever is necessary to keep Floridians safe.
“Take this as a precursor, get ready. Three days of food, three days of water,” said Scott.
Tropical Storm Andrea is expected to be out of the state by Friday.
The state is also concerned about sequester cuts at the National Weather Service.
The White House sent us a statement saying Republicans in Congress are the reason for the sequester, because of not budging on closing wasteful loopholes.