TALLAHASEE, FL — The unexpected arrival of Michael as a tropical storm on Sunday prompted Florida Gov. Rick Scott to suspend his U.S. Senate campaign. Scott, a Republican, is running against longtime Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson.
As of noon, however, Scott was still scheduled to join President Donald Trump at the International Association of Chiefs of Police at the Orange County Convention Center.
According to the White House, Trump is scheduled to arrive at Orlando International Airport at about 12:40 p.m. His motorcade will reach the convention center at 1:05 p.m. and his remarks to the convention are planned for 1:35 p.m.
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“As the largest gathering of police leaders, the president will speak about the work of the administration to protect American communities by restoring law and order, supporting local law enforcement, and securing the border,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.
Monday morning, Scott met with emergency management professionals in Bay County before heading to Orlando He plans to head to Pasco County this afternoon to give another hurricane briefing.
Tropical Storm Michael, which formed in the northwestern Caribbean Sea, now has sustained winds of 70 miles per hour with reports of guests as high as 75 mph. It is moving north toward the Gulf Coast at 7 mph.
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