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Tampa, FL - Debby Soaks Fla.; Gov Declares Statewide Emergency

Published on: June 25, 2012 01:48 PM
By: AP
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Canoe-goers navigate flooded streets as flooding continues to worsen and Tropical Storm Debby pounds the Tampa Bay, Fla., area Sunday, June 24, 2012. Tropical Storm Debby continued to churn in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Tampa Bay Tribune, Chris Zuppa)Tampa, FL -  Florida Gov. Rick Scott is declaring a statewide emergency because of Tropical Storm Debby.


Debby has drenched the state and caused flooding in some neighborhoods. It has also spawned tornadoes.

At least one person was killed in Florida in a tornado and officials are searching for a man who disappeared in the rough surf in Alabama.

The statewide emergency in Florida means that the state can waive or suspend certain state laws to respond to the storm. It also means that price-gouging laws take effect.

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