Rick Scott, Marco Rubio urge Joe Biden to approve federal declaration ahead of Tropical Storm Ian

A federal pre-landing declaration would provide resources and support, as well as sources of funding for emergency preparedness response.

senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio urge president yeah biden to approve Florida’s request for a federal pre-landing disaster declaration Tropical Storm Ian.

The storm maintains a worrying forecast path toward southwest Florida, with cones predicting a landfall near Tampa sometime late Wednesday. Ian is expected to become a powerful Category 3 hurricane as it approaches Cuba.

The two senators asked for Biden’s approval in a letter sent Saturday. The couple made the request on behalf of DeSantis, who requested a federal declaration prior to landing to provide resources and assistance, as well as sources of funding for emergency preparedness efforts.

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“We are writing in support of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Request for a declaration of emergency prior to landfall due to Tropical Storm Ian, which is expected to strengthen into a major hurricane and hit Florida in the coming days,” the letter said. “Ensuring the state has access to the federal resources it needs is essential to protecting Floridas, property and our communities. As such, we are asking that you immediately agree to Governor DeSantis’ request for a declaration of emergency prior to landing.”

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DeSantis expanded Florida’s early Saturday afternoon Emergency to cover the whole state. The governor originally declared a state of emergency for 24 districts on Friday afternoon. At the time, the storm was only known as Tropical Depression 9.

The declaration of a state of emergency ensures state and local governments have adequate time, resources, and flexibility to prepare. Per the emergency order, members of the Florida National Guard will be activated and on standby awaiting orders.

For resources to prepare for the storm, visit floridadisaster.org/planprepare.

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It’s too early to say exactly where the storm will eventually make landfall in Florida, but traces from the National Weather Center show a probability cone covering nearly all of Florida’s peninsula, south of Tampa Bay.

Due to the expected size of the storm, forecasters warn that major weather impacts could be felt well outside of the storm’s center and that the storm will bring the possibility of dangerous storm surges, heavy rain, high winds, flash flooding and potentially isolated tornado activity.

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