Biden Endorses Florida Declaration of Emergency Due to Tropical Storm Fred

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President Biden said on Monday that there was an emergency in Florida due to Tropical Storm Fred.

Biden ordered federal aid to complement state, tribal and locality response efforts – due to emergency conditions resulting from the storm, the statement said

TROPICAL STORM FRED LANDS IN FLORIDA: THIS IS WHERE IT IS GOING

President Joe Biden speaks from the East Room of the White House on Monday, August 16, 2021, in Washington.  (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)
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President Joe Biden speaks from the East Room of the White House on Monday, August 16, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

“FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize and provide, at its discretion, the equipment and resources necessary to mitigate the impacts of the emergency,” the statement added. “Emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance and reimbursement for mass care, including evacuation and shelter support, will be provided at 75 percent of federal funding.”

Its move hopes to “reduce or avoid” the threat of disaster in 23 Florida counties, the White House said.

It comes as the senses Marco Rubio R-FL and Rick Scott R-FL had urged Biden to approve Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ request for a declaration of emergency due to Fred.

Fred made landfall above Cape San Blas, 118 miles southwest of Tallahassee, around 3:15 p.m. Monday. At 10 p.m., Fred was about 10 miles south of Dothan, Alabama, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The storm was moving north-northeast at 12 mph.

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Emergency management officials in Gulf County, where Fred made landfall, are receiving reports of downed trees and warning people to stay home and be careful if they have to travel.

The storm is expected to bring heavy rain to the southeastern United States as it continues to move inland this week.

Forecasters were expecting 4 to 8 inches of rain from Alabama across Big Bend and Panhandle in Florida – with even a foot of rain in isolated spots. The surge could push seawater 3 to 5 feet up the coast between Indian Pass in Florida and the Steinhatchee River.

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“On the planned track, the center of Fred will cross western and northern Georgia on Tuesday, the southern Appalachians on Tuesday evening and the center of the Appalachians early Wednesday,” according to the NHC, which expects the storm becomes a tropical depression overnight or early Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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