Hurricane watch in effect from LA to Panhandle

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WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Residents along the north coast of the Gulf of Mexico are already preparing for the landfall.

A hurricane watch is in effect from Louisiana all the way to the Panhandle of Florida. Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of embergency for 18 counties. "We know what storms can do. They can change on a dime, and when that happens, you need to be prepared. What we try to do as a government is let people know time is of the essence. Make sure you have your essentials," said Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward.

The storm poses a big challenge for FEMA many workers were furloughed this week due to the government shutdown and are now are being called back to work in anticipation of this storm.

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