After spending much of the past month focused on Hurricane Irma, Gov. Rick Scott will shift Thursday to the one region of Florida that was largely unscathed from that mammoth storm: The Panhandle.

Scott will appear Thursday at emergency-management facilities in Escambia and Bay counties, as a newly formed tropical depression could turn into a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico and threaten Northwest Florida.

The storm, still dubbed Wednesday as Tropical Depression 16, could hit the Gulf Coast as a hurricane Sunday, though the exact path remains unclear, according to a National Hurricane Center forecast.

Scott is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. Thursday at Escambia County Emergency Management and at 11:15 a.m. at the Bay County Emergency Operations Center, according to his office.

Republished with permission of the News Service of Florida.

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