Governor Declares State of Emergency

Tropical Storm Emily formed quickly Monday morning, shortly before making landfall near Tampa Bay.

As the storm began its long slog across Florida's peninsula, the system proved itself to be slow but stubborn.

It was holding onto Tropical Storm strength, though barely, by Monday afternoon with top sustained winds of 40 mph. 

The storm, though not a monster, remains a force to be reckoned with. That has prompted Governor Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency in 31 peninsular counties.

The purpose of the emergency declaration is to ensure that all municipalities have ready access to the resources they might need, and that local, regional, and state agencies can coordinate their work.

Forecasters say Emily will be a slow-moving rain-maker, but should be a tropical depression before it exits Florida.

Once the system crosses into the Atlantic Ocean, by Tuesday morning or midday, it is forecast to regain strength for a short time, but not threaten any of the U.S. mainland.


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