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BRACE FOR IMPACT: 300,000 Told To Evacuate As Ian Violently Barrels Toward Tampa

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Florida residents in and around the Tampa area have been given the emergency evacuation order, and more than 300,000 people have been told to leave immediately.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state has suspended tolls around the Tampa Bay area and mobilized 5,000 Florida state national guard troops, with another 2,000 on standby in neighboring states.

DeSantis provided an update on social media Monday afternoon.

“Ian has strengthened into a hurricane and is expected to become a major hurricane as it moves through the Gulf. I encourage Floridians to ensure they are prepared and that their emergency supply kit is stocked with supplies.”

The White House reassured the American people that the tense relationship between President Joe Biden and Governor Ron DeSantis will not affect the emergency response services for the people of Florida.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told the press, “It’s about the people of Florida. It’s not about public officials, especially in this time. And so again, the president, as president of the United States, as president for — for folks in red states and blue states, he’s going to keep that commitment. And you have seen him do that over the course of the 19 months when there has been extreme — extreme events, extreme weather that has happened again in blue states and red states.

President Joe Biden also declared a state of emergency for Florida on Saturday as Tropical Storm Ian gained strength and barreled toward the Sunshine State.

Biden’s declaration came after he delayed a trip to southern Florida scheduled for Tuesday, when he was set to discuss health care in Fort Lauderdale and then attend a Democratic National Committee event in Orlando, the Miami Herald reported.

The declaration authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA to coordinate disaster relief efforts and provide assistance, according to the White House.

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