State offices will remain closed in 37 counties on Friday -- including those in the Tallahassee, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville areas, Gov. Rick Scott's office announced this evening.
The threat of what's now Hurricane Hermine forced the closure of state offices in 51 counties and some judicial offices starting noon Thursday.
Scott had earlier said in an afternoon briefing that he hadn't decided yet whether he'd also close state offices Friday. Hermine is expected to make landfall overnight in Florida's Big Bend region along the Gulf of Mexico, with potentially severe flooding and wind damage expected.
Judicial officials at the Florida Supreme Court and First District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee made the call Thursday morning to keep those courts closed through Friday.
Those counties included in the Friday closure of state offices are:
ALACHUA, BAKER, BAY, BRADFORD, CALHOUN, CITRUS, CLAY, COLUMBIA, DIXIE, DUVAL, FLAGLER, FRANKLIN, GADSDEN, GILCHRIST, GULF, HAMILTON, HERNANDO, HILLSBOROUGH, JACKSON, JEFFERSON, LAFAYETTE, LEON, LEVY, LIBERTY, MADISON, MANATEE, MARION, NASSAU, PASCO, PINELLAS, PUTNAM, ST. JOHNS, SUWANNEE, TAYLOR, UNION, WAKULLA, and WALTON.