Gov. Rick Scott cut short his Colorado vacation and flew home late Wednesday night as Tropical Storm Erika slowly gained strength in the Caribbean. Scott's temporary base of operations will be the state Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Tallahassee, the statewide command post for storm preparations.
In Florida, the imminent threat of severe weather is always a crucial moment that tests every governor's leadership skills. Floridians rely on the state's elected leader to provide calm reassurance, provide accurate information and help people prepare for the worst.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami usually updates its storm track advisories at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. Immediately afterward, NHC officials, Scott, state emergency management director Bryan Koon, Leo Lachat, director of the state Emergency Response Team (SERT), other state officials and county emergency planners will join in a conference call.
Scott was expected to meet with reporters at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, his press office said. Storm briefings are broadcast live on the Florida Channel.