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As the most reliable and balanced news aggregation service on the internet, DML News offers the following information published by FOXNEWS.COM:

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Sunday that he had declared a state of emergency in 26 counties in the state’s Panhandle and Big Bend regions as forecasters predicted Tropical Storm Michael would make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane later this week.

Scott also announced that he was activating 500 members of the Florida National Guard to assist with planning, logistics and storm response.

The article goes on to state the following:

“This storm will be life-threatening and extremely dangerous,” said Scott, who also warned of hurricane-driven storm surge that could affect most of the state: “If this storm hits Panama City, Tampa could still have storm surge.”

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