Rick Scott, Marco Rubio urge Joe Biden to approve federal declaration ahead of Tropical Storm Ian
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A federal pre-landfall declaration would make available resources and support as well as funding sources for emergency protective measures.

Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio are urging President Joe Biden to approve Florida’s request for a federal pre-landfall disaster declaration ahead of Tropical Storm Ian.

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

The two Senators asked for Biden’s approval in a letter sent Saturday. The pair made the request on behalf of DeSantis, who requested a federal pre-landfall declaration to make available resources and support as well as funding sources for emergency protective measures.

“We write in support of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ request for a pre-landfall emergency declaration due to Tropical Storm Ian, which is expected to strengthen into a major hurricane and impact Florida in the coming days,” the letter states. “Ensuring that the state has access to the federal resources it needs is imperative to protecting Floridians, property, and our communities. As such, we request that you promptly approve Governor DeSantis’ request for a pre-landfall emergency declaration.”

Earlier Saturday afternoon, DeSantis expanded Florida’s state of emergency to cover the whole state. The Governor originally declared a state of emergency Friday afternoon for 24 counties. At that time, the storm was just known as Tropical Depression 9.

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

To find resources to help prepare for the storm, visit floridadisaster.org/planprepare.

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

Due to the expected large size of the storm, forecasters warn major weather impacts could be felt well outside the storm’s center and that the storm will bring the possibility of dangerous storm surge, heavy rainfall, strong winds, flash flooding, and potential isolated tornado activity.

Kelly Hayes

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  • Tom

    September 24, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    Yes, Gov was correct, it’s coming!!
    Sens Rubio & Scott are correct, if Biden can watch Elton John on the WH lawn, he can declare it now.

    Furthermore, cancel his worthless visit to Orlando. No need, no one wants to see Biden besides worthless Crisp. Dumings is running away from Biden’s 39% Florida approval, and will not attend.

    Just cancel now, hurricane coming.

    • Joe Corsin

      September 24, 2022 at 3:19 pm

      You have a hurricane inside your skull. Your head is a wind tunnel..

      • Tom

        September 24, 2022 at 4:11 pm

        I am a hurricane, max spreed.
        Also a nightmare for losers like you.

        Get Biden and his 39% approval out of here, we have people suffering, don’t need this geezer around. Dem Dum Dumings ran away, won’t attend.

        • Biker Guy

          September 29, 2022 at 12:32 pm

          Actually, you’re just a nightmare for everyone, a tiny-minded partisan hack. Biden has done everything asked, and without the partisan nonsense that DeSantis and Rubio pulled in NY.

    • Fat Cammack

      September 24, 2022 at 3:59 pm

      Vote for me and receive a greasy, bare assed face clamp. Gargantuan face clamp.. azzhole mush.🍩💋

    • Andrew J.

      September 24, 2022 at 6:10 pm

      Hey Tum, you misspelled Demings. Also, you should Back the Blue, not disrespect her.

    • Tom

      September 25, 2022 at 12:30 am

      Somebody awoke sleepy Joe.
      He approved the declaration, Gov. Ron wins again! LMAO.

    • James R Brooks

      October 1, 2022 at 2:40 pm

      Now, like DeSantis, you’re insulting the one person that has your balls in his hands. Could you at least wait till you get the money dick. In the words of the Orange God king, screw um, their not voting for me anyway

    • James R Brooks

      October 1, 2022 at 2:49 pm

      THERE YOU GO AGAIN. If Biden is so weak and inept, the how could he possibly be capable to dish out more Welfare to DeSantis. Be a man and suck it

  • Impeach Biden

    September 24, 2022 at 3:53 pm

    So Biden is coming to Florida on Tuesday with the same old, same old Democrat talking points. Lots of retirees here in Florida so of course he will tell the uneducated and gullible that those bad Repubs are coming after your social security and Medicare. I mean how many years have the Democrats been saying this. Demings will be nowhere to be found. Crist might show because he will get walloped anyway come November.

    • Charlie Crist

      September 24, 2022 at 4:29 pm

      If I get elected..you and people like you are gonna get walloped in the head, cross kick to the teeth, heel kick to the top of the head followed by soccer kick to the balls. Outta there buddy..

      • Impeach Biden

        September 24, 2022 at 4:42 pm

        You ain’t getting elected to Governor of the State of Florida. Dream on flip flopper. You and Nikki can look for work together.

    • Andrew J.

      September 24, 2022 at 5:57 pm

      Thanks for letting me know the President’s visiting next week. Cool Joe, huh? …Okay, maybe not Rolling Stone cool, but same age bracket.
      Hey…, don’t you think it’s weird the Governor is having both Senators help make a request for even more Federal dollars, when we’re already swimming in Billons… Well, I mean DeSantis is swimming in Billions, he held back from pandemic relief funds. That money he personally gives away like it’s His gift to give… to certain Floridians.
      Of course, I’m not saying we’re not “entitled” to some Federal funds since a hurricane is on the way and there’ll likely be some damage (hopefully not, though.) But don’t you think DeSantis, Rubio, and Scott are crying wolf a little too early?

      • Tom

        September 24, 2022 at 9:50 pm

        That was me, the FP legend.
        It will be canceled, Hurricane coming.
        Gov is doing correct thing with the request. POTUS will wait and see.

        I replied to you on your Dumings whining. It’s near bottom.

    • Biker Guy

      September 29, 2022 at 12:34 pm

      Since SS and Medicare keep getting trotted out as “socialism” you can bet that, unless they’re lying (which they probably are) republicans are actually “coming after them”.

  • PeterH

    September 24, 2022 at 4:10 pm

    This request is unheard of! Why would the President get involved in Florida State emergency preparations or services. Florida isn’t a 100% nanny State just yet.

    Let the Federal Government advance “AS NEEDED!”

    In the meantime DeSantis can use some of that COVID pandemic money he’s earmarked for immigration flights from Texas.

    • Tom

      September 24, 2022 at 4:17 pm

      No he cannot moron, dum Dem.
      Its only appropriated for illegals.
      So clueless. It’s a federal declaration.
      You are so un knowledgeable.
      Gov DeSantis is saving lives.

      • Elliott Offen

        September 24, 2022 at 4:22 pm

        Dem dum ding dong ching chong ping pong? WTF does all that sht mean??? You need medication!!!

      • Don’t Look Up

        September 24, 2022 at 4:42 pm

        Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps sissy boy and take care of yourself and your family like a good self sufficient miserable Republican. Stop looking for a Federal handout when a “potential” hurricane is four days away. Fill some water bottles and buy an extra roll of paper towels. Lazy Republicans need to take care of themselves…… additionally go back to school and learn how to write clearly.

        • Tom

          September 24, 2022 at 4:51 pm

          LMAO, Don’t Look.
          I’m all good. Well supplied.
          Just busting idiot Elliot, Joey & Charlie losers. Legends don’t bend.

      • Deb

        September 24, 2022 at 9:54 pm

        Diss President Biden, but he should send you money? Fortunately for you, Biden is not Trump** and he will help the people of Florida – even hypocritical worms like you.

        • Tom

          September 24, 2022 at 11:48 pm

          U ain’t dissing me.
          Biden’s creepy and incompetent.
          He will have 5 peeps show up, you and Andrew included.
          To be clear, we all were better off 2 years ago. This incompetence is a disaster.

    • Impeach Biden

      September 24, 2022 at 4:22 pm

      The President can spend billions in Ukraine. The President can spend billions feeding, clothing, transporting, educating housing and provide medical for millions that have entered this country illegally. The President can spend millions on students that simply don’t want to pay their student loans.

      • Elliott Offen

        September 24, 2022 at 4:26 pm

        Conservatives hate doing things for others. Flicking dollars into a collection plate for some grifter and donating to Trump campaign doesn’t count. Shoveling money to the rich counts though…so I should say conservatives hate doing things for people who aren’t rich.

      • Andrew J.

        September 24, 2022 at 7:16 pm

        1. It’s no secret why we’re helping Ukraine defend themselves against a Stalin-wannabe.
        2. Enough of the Crap about Immigrants. Insist Republicans work on solutions with others in Washington.
        3. Student loans are a mess because the loan servicing banks want to make money on the interest and Private Equity firms want to make money buying, repackaging, and then selling the debt to profit.

  • Ocean Joe

    September 24, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    Scott and Rubio have their hands out for federal money long before the storm gets here. Government spending is no longer inflationary.

    Unlike Trump, who tried to slow walk aid to California during the fires because they didn’t vote for him, Biden will predictably load Florida down with financial assistance, regardless of the constant sniping by our governor/presidential candidate.

    Recall Trump demanding governors compliment him in order to recieve Covid aid. Biden isn’t like that. People who still wallow in their election denial cesspits should understand that’s a major reason Biden is president and Trump is not.

    • Tom

      September 24, 2022 at 4:42 pm

      Trump, Trump, Trump!
      You Dem Dum Dems. Trump! TDS.
      Your talking points are so Old they look like granny’s wrinkles.

      Biden stay the hell out of here! No one will visit. He will just yell hysterically.
      We don’t have time for him.
      We have a max tropical 3 Hurricane coming. Gov, Senators correct to require pre approval.

      • Charlie Crist

        September 24, 2022 at 5:17 pm

        What the hell is a tropical 3 hurricane?
        You mean category 3 hurricane?
        Dum Dem?

  • JimZ

    September 24, 2022 at 5:13 pm

    Good thing they don’t have to vote on it. They would both vote against it, and then after it passes, take credit for it.

  • Tom

    September 24, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    Shut the hell up!
    Batten down the hatches!
    Row the boat, get the life preservers out. Release the anchors. ASAP

    • Fat Cammack

      September 24, 2022 at 6:53 pm

      You’re drunk babydoll. You gonna need to be drunk when you receive my raunchy, bare assed face sit 🍩💋

  • Vladimir Romero

    September 24, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Why Donald Trump, didn’t the same when Maria hurricane destroyed to Puerto Rico totally, killing around 3000 human being, is really shameful that some of yours asking for Biden when the hurricane don’t hit Florida yet and maybe you forgot what happened in Louisiana in 2005 when the hurricane Katrina killed around 5000 of humans being and George W Bush don’t do it absolutely nothing.

  • Tom

    September 24, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    No And who, I didn’t.

    I am the F P legend. I refer to her as Dumings. Did she find her revolver gun yet? Did you help her look? The Annie Oakley of Florida politics.

    Senator Rubio enjoys over 3/4 of Florida Sheriff endorsements. Not supporting Dumings, doesn’t mean I’m not backing blue. 55 sheriffs endorsed Marco.

    Dumings loses 53% or 54% to Marco, the best legislator in Congress. She ain’t ready for prime time.

    Hope your feelings are offended.

    • Charlie Crist

      September 24, 2022 at 9:25 pm

      “Tropical 3 hurricane” = Tom Dumb Dem

      • Tom

        September 24, 2022 at 9:55 pm

        I dominate FP, the clicks are unlimited.

  • Tom

    September 24, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    The good Governor should just charter a few flights on the FL taxpayers dime and send all the good Floridians who can’t fend for themselves to Martha’s Vineyard.

    • Tom

      September 24, 2022 at 11:50 pm

      Fake Tom.
      I am the legend.

      • Biker Guy

        September 29, 2022 at 12:37 pm

        In your own mind.

  • rusting fast

    September 25, 2022 at 10:26 am

    I doubt either of those clowns, that is Little Marco and Alien Rick, actually wrote anything. Quite sure that staff penned the letter for them to sign. Big Deal. FEMA and the NHC know that a landfall in Florida is likely, duh. What everybody except “Tom” the cray cray might focus on is the insurance costs that are going to be assessed to everyone who has property insurance in Florida. State lawmakers and our former Governor Alien Rick are big fans of risky development in wetlands and along coasts and shorelines. They created Citizens Insurance to write policies to cover risks that no responsible insurance company would cover and then when the big cyclone hits, we all get an assessment to keep this Ponzi scheme afloat. Follow the money folks. Get ready to pay the pipers- DeSatan, Little Marco and Alien Rick. And they have the nerve to bitch about “socialism” and “Marxism” which is exactly what they practiced with regard to property insurance. Maybe “Q” is right- the storm is coming!

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