Crist Again Declares Fla. Emergency as Ike Nears

Hurricane may bring 115 mph winds, tornadoes, flash floods
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2008 2:10 PM CDT
Members of the Charleston, SC, fire department fill sandbags for residents yesterday as they prepare for Tropical Storm Hanna and Hurricane Ike.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – With Tropical Storm Hanna looking to be relatively benign when it makes landfall tomorrow, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has called another state of emergency for his state in anticipation of Hurricane Ike, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Ike is bearing down on the peninsula’s southeast end, and is forecast to hit Tuesday.

“It's a dangerous, powerful storm,” Crist said today of Ike, which brings the strong possibility of 115 mph winds, flash flooding and tornadoes. Crist is scheduled to visit Miami tomorrow to meet with county officials and discuss preparations. (Read more Hurricane Ike stories.)