WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott said on Sunday he has requested a major disaster declaration from President Donald Trump and warned that devastating storm surges will hit the western coast of Florida as Hurricane Irma churns northward.

"There is a serious threat of significant storm surge flooding along the entire west coast of Florida and 15 feet of impact above ground level in southwest Florida," he said at a news conference.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu and Patrick Rucker; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

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