Gov. Rick Scott declares State of Emergency, city of Orlando giving away sandbags in prep for Tropical Storm Erika


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Today Gov. Rick Scott declared a State of Emergency in Florida in preparation for Tropical Storm Erika, which is still aiming for Florida. As of now, it looks like it will remain a tropical storm, rather than a full-fledged hurricane, but current forecasts show that if it does hit Florida, it's going to travel straight up the state. Check out the graphic below from WESH News. 

Here's one from CNN:

So even though you're probably sick of hearing it, make plans just in case you need to leave your home. If you need help making one, the state's website isn't a bad place to start. The city of Orlando has a preparedness page that lists all the stuff you should be thinking about, and it's asking residents not to set out yard debris at the curb for pickup until after this storm passes through. 

The city is also giving away free sandbags to residents on Aug. 29 and 30 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the City of Orlando Streets and Stormwater Division, 1010 Woods Ave. You must show proof of residence, and everyone is limited to 10 sandbags per address. 

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