NEW: Governor in Pensacola: "We cannot let our guard down"

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Tropical Storm Nate has formed, and the system has made a shift to the west. Governor Rick Scott was in Northwest Florida Thursday morning, getting a briefing from local emergency officials ahead of Tropical Storm Nate.

Local leaders crowded around the podium with game faces on, as Governor Scott talked about staying prepared for Nate with lessons learned from Hurricane Irma.

Scott said, "We cannot let our guard down. If you remember we thought it was going up our East coast, ended up going up our West coast, and we had to work hard to open up all those shelters in the last two days."

He said while it's hard to imagine experiencing another storm right now, everyone has to be ready. From the state level, that means putting wheels in motion to coordinate local, state, and federal resources, and make sure FEMA provides all it can if needed.

For families, the Governor says have a hurricane plan, disaster preparedness kit and be ready today.

Governor Scott continued, "Here's what you have to think about, just think about your family, get your three days of water, three days of food, if you're taking medicine make sure you have your medicine, know your evacuation plan, you can go to"

The Governor praised local emergency managers for their readiness. With Nate's path and strength still uncertain, he said the top priority is taking care of everybody's life.

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