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Tennessee Gov. Haslam issues executive order to allow medical services for Irma evacuees

(NWS)

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has issued an executive order to allow medical and health care services for evacuees of catastrophic Hurricane Irma.

The storm weakened a little after hitting Cuba as a Category 5 storm -- but is expected to restrengthen to when it hits south Florida. The storm's center was expected to pass through the Florida Keys around 8 a.m. ET Sunday. Right now, forecasters say the hurricane will continue to head towards Tampa.

Due to the deadly storm, many Floridians have sought shelter in the Volunteer State.

On Saturday, Haslam issued the executive order, which is part allows medical personnel who would normally be subject to state licensing requirements, to give medical services. Haslam has the ability to do this because surrounding states have issued a state of emergency. The order also allows anyone receiving services from the Department of Health to get that health care without normal state requirements.

The order is in effect until 12 a.m. Sept. 25.

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