State Of Emergency Declared For Parts Of Florida As Tropical Storm Batters Coast

Tropical Storm Emily has officially touched down off the coast of Florida, just west of Bradenton. Since this morning, the Governor has declared a state of emergency for 31 counties in both central and southern parts of the state. Developing seemingly overnight, this storm has brought with it heavy rain and intense winds. Here’s more on this storm and where it’s predicted to go next:

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:

This brief video gives an idea of just how strong the winds hit early this morning:

That hit super fast. #emily

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Our thoughts go out to all those who have been affected by this intense storm along the gulf of Florida. If you have any thoughts about this ongoing storm, feel free to share them here.