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Scott says Florida ready for Karen

Gov. Rick Scott discusses storm preparations at the state Emergency Operations Center on Friday, along with Bryan Koon, director of the Division of Emergency Management, center, and National Guard Maj. Blake Heidelberg, right. Photo by Bill Cotterell

Gov. Rick Scott consulted Washington officials Friday and said the federal government shutdown will not affect Florida's preparations for a slow-moving, disorganized Tropical Storm Karen.

At an evening briefing in the Division of Emergency Management headquarters, Scott said the Federal Emergency Management Agency has recalled 34 employees from furlough and dispatched them to Tallahassee. He said Panhandle areas can expect 2 to 4 feet of storm surge and up to 10 inches of rain on the weekend.

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