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Crist urges storm weary Florida to stay wary

Gov. Charlie Crist reminded Floridians at a briefing Wednesday that the state is in a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Hanna approaches, the third tropical storm to threaten the state in three weeks.

The governor urged people to "be smart'' because even the the storm appears to be verring along a northwest track away from Florida, "they call it a cone of error,'' he said. "That means it can change."

The governor definitely ruled out any possibility that he may attend the Republican National Convention in St. Paul and said he will remain in the state to monitor the storms

"Make sure you have your hurricane supplies stocked up and you get a plan," he said from the state Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee. He also urged residents and tourists to "stay out of the surf'' because of dangerous riptides.

State Metorologist Ben Nelson said that Hanna is expected to strengthen to hurricane force by Friday. He said the state's east coast, already saturated by Tropical Storm Fay, is still at risk for major flooding as they expect between five and two inches of additional rain.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Ike is expected to reach hurricane strength later today and State Emergency Operations Director Craig Fugate said people should pay attention to it, and not to be distracted by NFL and college football games this weekend.

"I think a lot of people are getting a little bit storm weary," he said. "This is still September. We have a long ways to go."

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