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Bracing For The Storm

August 18th, 2008 by flanews

The governor has declared a state of emergency, the National Guard is on standby, and power companies are gearing up for Tropical Storm Fay. As Whitney Ray tells us, emergency workers are preparing for the worst and praying for the best.

Hear it Here: Bracing For The Storm

Governor Charlie Crist awoke to news that Floridas two year hurricane dry spell could soon end.

The National Hurricane Center expects that Fay will strengthen today and could reach a category one hurricane in the 24 hours or so, said Crist.

The governor and emergency workers spent the day talking to city and county leaders in South and Central Florida, coordinating safety plans. About a hundred people crowded into the states Emergency Operation Center, watching storm models on huge plasma screens.

This will be the first real test for the newly remodeled operation center that was renovated in the spring. Twice as many people can work from the new EOC, but it was the Governors call to put the National Guard on alert.

Weve got 500 who are on duty and we have 9,000 at our disposal, said Crist.

The troops are waiting on the predicted fringe. Theyll move in after the storm. Missions Coordinator Telisa Runyan is helping health workers gather nurses and supplies.

I love it. Its an adrenaline rush and the best feeling is to know youve helped someone in need, said Runyan.

Whether or not the help will be needed will be left up to the weather. The state has activated its Emergency Information Line. People can call for the latest information on Tropical Storm Fay, including direction to shelters and health services. The number is 1-800-342-3557.

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