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Nate: Florida's Governor declares state of emergency in 29 counties

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PENSACOLA, FL (WALA) -

Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in 29 counties in response to Tropical Storm Nate.

Those counties include Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa,

Scott said, "I have declared a state of emergency for 29 counties in Florida to make certain that state, federal, and local governments are able to work together and ensure resources are dispersed to local communities. By declaring an emergency in these counties, we can also ensure that there is no hindrance in the transportation of supplies and assets."

Scott came to Pensacola Thursday to meet with emergency officials at the Escambia County emergency operations center.

He cautioned for everyone to be vigilant, citing Hurricane Irma.

Scott said, "We know how the track of Irma changed in the final days before landfall.  We cannot let our guard down.  Remember: we thought it was going to go up the east coast and it went up the west coast and we had to work hard to open up all those shelters in the last two days." 

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward said he was confident Nate wouldn't cause flooding problems in the city.

Hayward said, "We strongly feel our streets downtown will be able to handle it.  All the infrastructure we've put in the last seven years has done a tremendous job.

On Pensacola Beach Thursday morning, single red flags were flying.

People we talked to on the beach had different thoughts on Nate.

Kathleen Dunagan of Pensacola said, "I have been through many. I've lived here for 40 years and I'm a little apprehensive, I can kind of tell, because, in Ivan, we lost so much."

Shawn Felner of Pace said, "It's just a number one, right?  We've been through worse so, maybe hunker down and hope we don't flood." 

Richard Gibson and his family had a different perspective.

They're visiting from Oklahoma.

When asked if his family had been watching the storm, Gibson said, "We watched it a little bit, but we plan to head out on Friday evening."

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