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Gov. Scott, Supreme Court close state offices in 51 counties ahead of Hermine



Gov. Rick Scott is closing state offices in 51 counties early, as Tropical Storm Hermine approaches the Florida coast and threatens to gain strength.

Executive branch offices will close at noon Thursday across much of North and Central Florida, including the capital in Leon County and Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando in Tampa Bay. The Orlando and Jacksonville areas will be affected as well, as will the Panhandle.

It's not yet clear whether state offices will open Friday, Scott said. Those calls will be made later "after further weather updates."

Additionally, the Florida Supreme Court and First District Court of Appeals will close at noon Thursday. They will remain closed all day Friday, according to the courts.

Chief judges in 10 counties, including Pinellas and Hillsborough, already closed their courthouses.

The governor had previously issued executive orders related to the storm in all 51 counties where offices will close. As of 8 a.m., Hermine was south of the Panhandle and forecast to make landfall around 1 a.m. Friday.

Here's the full list of counties where state workers are going home early: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Calhoun, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Hernando, Hillsborough, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Nassau, Okaloosa, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton and Washington.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 1, 2016 9:54am]


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