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Tallahassee to Act as Hub For Hurricane Relief Efforts

October 15th, 2018 by Jake Stofan
The state capital is almost back to normal after Hurricane Michael knocked out power for more than 90% of the city and took down thousands of trees.
As of Monday morning, 92% of residents had power back and schools and universities were back open, but Hurricane relief efforts are far from over for the city.
The Million Air field on the outskirts of town will become a tent city by mid week, acting as a base for 1,000 personnel and another thousand trucks.
Those personnel will continue relief efforts in harder hit areas of the panhandle.
Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum surveyed the area Monday afternoon.
“Tallahassee, one of the reasons all throughout this storm recovery I’ve said that it was important for us to get back to 100%, is because we knew that we would play a larger recovery role throughout the region,” said Gillum.
The storm is also impacting elections. Both U.S. Senator Bill Nelson’s debate with Governor Rick Scott and Gillum’s debate with Ron DeSantis were put on hold in the wake of the disaster.
Scott has supsended his campaign for the U.S. Senate indefinitely.
“Well people don’t want to be talking politics in the middle of a storm, but that time will come,” said Nelson.
Gillum says many displaced Floridian’s will likely be seeking refuge in Tallahassee during the election.
“What we should do as a state, is make every opportunity possible for them to vote, to include for some of those folks who are in the impacted areas who have chosen to stay,” said Gillum. “Making sure that they have mobile units available to be able to cast their votes.”
Those victims will be allowed to vote wherever they end up, but they’ll have to update their address to do so, even if it’s only a temporary one.
We’ve reached out to the Department of State for comment on what will be done to help hurricane victims vote, but have not received a response yet.

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