DeSantis declares Florida counties under State of Emergency

DeSantis declares State of Emergency for dozens of Florida counties



ANNOUNCER: LOCAL, LIVE, LATEBREAKING, WESH 2 NEWS STARTS NOW. STEWART: FLORIDA IS IN THE KONA. WE ARE TRACKING A FORECAST THAT COULD MAKE LANDFALL NEXT WEEK AS A HURRICANE. MICHELLE: GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS HAS DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR 24 COUNTIES. THOSE IMPACTED IN CENTRAL FLORIDA ARE BREVARD, OSCEOLA, AND POLK COUNTIES. STEWART: TONIGHT, WE HAVE TEAM COVERAGE. WESH 2’S DAVE MCDANIEL AND MEGAN MELLADO ARE TAKING A LOOK AT HOW LOCAL CITIES AND COUNTIES ARE GETTING READY RIGHT NOW. BUT FIRST, THE LATEST ADVISORY IS OUT. CHIEF METEOROLOGIST TONY MAINOLFI AND METEOROLOGIST ALEX ALECCI HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT THE MODELS. TONY, WHAT’S THE LATEST INFO? TONY: I TELL YOU WHAT, AT LEAST INITIALLY YOU LOOK AT THE ADVISORY, THE FORD SPEED HAS INCREASED FROM 14 TO 15. PRESSURE IS HOLDING STEADY. WINDS ARE AT 35 MILES AN HOUR. THE WINDSHEAR KEEPING THINGS IN CHECK THUS FAR TODAY FROM THE NORTHEAST SIDE. WHEN YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THE DEPTH OF THE WARMER WATERS IN THE CARIBBEAN, ESPECIALLY WEST OF KINGSTON, JAMAICA AND THE GRAND CAYMAN ISLANDS, THERE IS A LOT OF FUEL FOR A TROPICAL SYSTEM TO FEAST OFF OF. AND YOU CAN SEE THE NEW TRACK IS MORE SOUTH AND WEST OF KINGSTON. BUT THEN IT MAKES A TURN INTO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA, VERY SIMILAR TO WHAT CHARLIE DID, ALTHOUGH CHARLIE WAS INCREDIBLY FAST. ZOOMING IN. THERE IS YOUR ETA BASED ON THE LATEST INFORMATION. 2:00 P.M., 150 MILE PER HOUR’S — 150 MILE PER HOUR WINDS JUST SOUTH OF TAMPA BAY. LOOK AT THIS, LASTLY WITHIN THE MODELS OF THE CONE, THERE ARE ONE OR TWO OUTLIERS ON THE WESTERN SIDE. WE HAVE SEEN A TRACK TOWARDS THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE CONE AS OPPOSED TO EARLIER IN THE MORNING WHEN THE TRENDS WERE MOREOVER SOUTH FLORIDA. IF YOU’RE JUST GETTING HOME, THAT IS THE MINOR ADJUSTMENT. EITHER WAY, LATE TUESDAY AND INTO WEDNESDAY, IF THINGS DO NOT CHANGE, THAT IS WHEN WE GET INTO TROUBLE BECAUSE WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE INTENSITY FORECAST, A MAJORITY OF THEM RIGHT AROUND CATEGORY 3. WITH MORE HERE IS ALEX. ALEX: WE ARE TRACKING IT CLOSELY. IF THE MODELS VERIFY, ESPECIALLY ON THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER FORECAST, THIS IS WHEN WE COULD SEE THE EARLIEST ARRIVAL OF THE TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS. FOR CENTRAL FLORIDA, ALMOST ALL OF US IN THE YELLOW. WE MIGHT TO SEE — WE MIGHT SEE THOSE WINDS ON TUESDAY EVENING. YOU WANT TO GET YOUR PREP STARTED NOW. WHILE CONFIDENCE IS LOW, WE HAVE TO KEEP CHECKING THAT TODAY, TOMORROW NAILING DOWN THE FORECAST AS THE SYSTEM CONTINUES TO DEVELOP INTO A TROPICAL STORM. AND THEN AS WE GET INTO SUNDAY, THAT IS WHEN YOU NEED YOUR HURRICANE KIT STOCKED UP. YOU WANT TO GET IT DONE EARLY. THE STORES WILL BE FULL AS WE GET INTO THE WEEKEND. BY MONDAY CAN HAVE A OUTDOOR PREP STONE. BY TUESDAY, THE STORM ARRIVES. BY WEDNESDAY, IT WILL BEGIN TO PUSH THROUGH. ANOTHER LOOK AT THE MODEL COMPARISONS IN A FEW MINUTES. STEWART: THE SOAKING RAINS WE’VE HAD RECENTLY HAVE DONE MORE THAN MADE OUR YARDS SOGGY. RIVERS AND LAKE LEVELS ARE UP. MICHELLE: SO WITH MORE RAIN LIKELY COMING IN THE FORM OF A TROPICAL SYSTEM, COUNTIES ARE WORKING TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN HANDLE IT. WESH 2’S DAVE MCDANIEL IS LIVE IN ORANGE COUNTY WITH THE WORK GOING ON. DAVE? DAVE: WE ARE AT LAKE FAIRVIEW. IT LOOKS EXTREMELY FULL RIGHT? , IT’S MORE THAN FULL. SEE THIS SPILLWAY? EXCESS WATER IS FLOWING THROUGH A CULVERT AND INTO A CANAL TO LOWER THE LAKE. THAT IS TO LOWER THE LEVEL A LITTLE BIT. ALL ACROSS ORANGE COUNTY THEY ARE AGGRESSIVELY MOVING WATER, PREPARING FOR THE RAIN. WAIT FOR IT, WAIT. WHAT YOU ARE SEEING IS FLOOD PREVENTION. JEFF CHARLES: ALL OF OUR PUMP STATIONS ARE AUTOMATED, SO THEY’LL COME ON AT A CERTAIN ELEVATION WITHOUT ANYBODY EVEN BEING THERE. WE’RE JUST GOING AROUND MAKING SURE THEY’RE ALL OPERATIONAL TODAY. DAVE: MAKING SURE THEY’RE NOT ONLY OPERATIONAL, BUT MANUALLY PUMPING WATER TO LOWER LEVELS IN RETENTION AREAS AND PUMP STATIONS. JEFF CHARLES: WE’VE BEEN ACTUALLY PROACTIVELY PUMPING EVERY DAY ALMOST WHEN WE GET THESE AFTERNOON RAIN EVENTS, JUST TO KEEP UP AND KEEP THESE AREAS LOW. DAVE: ORANGE COUNTY’S STORMWATER SYSTEM, SUBSTANTIAL. JEFF CHARLES: THE COUNTY HAS A TOTAL OF ALMOST 2,000 RETENTION PONDS, 95 MILES OF CANALS, WE’VE GOT 18 PUMP STATIONS, WE’VE GOT 75 DRAIN WELLS AND TWO DOZEN MOBILE PUMPS THAT ARE READY TO GO AT ANY TIME AS WELL. DAVE: YOU JUST HAVE TOM LOOK AROUND CENTRAL FLORIDA TO SEE THAT A LOT OF STORM WATER STORAGE IS FILLED. THE ST. JOHNS RIVER IS HIGH . THE APPROACHES TO TWO OF THREE DOCKS AT THE WAYSIDE PARK BOAT RAMP, ALREADY SUBMERGED. SEMINOLE COUNTY OPENED A SELF SERVE SANDBAGGING OPERATION FRIDAY MORNING BECAUSE THE WATER LEVELS ARE A CONCERN. STEVEN LERNER: IT COULD SHUT DOWN SOME MAJOR ROADS, THOROUGHFARES, TRAP PEOPLE IN IN THEIR HOMES — PEOPLE IN THEIR HOMES. WE REALLY DON’T WANT THAT HAPPENING. DAVE: THERE ARE SEVERAL DAYS TO PREPARE. BACK IN ORANGE COUNTY, IT’S DOING JUST THAT. >> GOING AROUND CHECKING ALL OF OUR HOT SPOTS, CLEARING ANY BLOCKAGES THAT MY BE IN THE CANALS, RUNNING PUMP STATIONS, DROPPING AREAS THAT SEEM TO BE HIGH AND JUST MONITORING LAKE LEVELS TO SEE WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE. DAVE: AGAIN PUMP STATIONS IN , ORANGE COUNTY ALSO HAVE EMERGENCY GENERATORS. THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PUMPS KEEP WORKING WHEN THEY ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED. COMING UP AT 6:00 P.M., WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO PREPARE FOR THIS UPCOMING STORM. DAVE MCDANIEL, WESH 2 NEWS. STEWART: IN OSCEOLA COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS , ARE MONITORING THE WEATHER WHILE LOCALS ARE STARTING TO STOCK UP AND PREPARE. MICHELLE: WESH 2’S OSCEOLA COUNTY BUREAU REPORTER, MEGAN MELLADO, SPOKE TO RESIDENTS GETTING READY. MEGAN: IN ST. CLOUD, YOU CAN SEE BUSY HARDWARE STORES. THE CONSENSUS IS BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY. >> WE HAVE A LOT OF WATER, FOOD. WE GOT A LOT OF GASOLINE. WE GOT A GENERATOR IN CASE THE POWER GOES OUT. REPORTER: BRADLEY AND HIS FAMILY STOCKING UP AND BUYING ALL THE MATERIALS TO BOARD UP. >> OUR AREA GETS VERY WINDY. REPORTER: OTHERS SAY THAT THEY ARE PREPARING AS WELL. >> WE ARE WATCHING THINGS. REPORTER: EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SAYS THEY ARE MONITORING THE WEATHER AND ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO HAVE THEIR EMERGENCY KITS READY AND PHONES SIGNED UP TO RECEIVE NOTIFICATIONS FROM ALERT OSCEOLA. >> IS AS SIMPLE AS SENDING A TEXT MESSAGE TO 888-777, ALERT OSCEOLA. REPORTER: THERE IS ALSO A MAP ONLINE THAT SHOWS FLOOD PRONE AREAS AND EVACUATION ROUTES. >> YOU CAN SEE REAL TIME INFORMATION FROM THE STREAM GAGES IN THE COUNTY, SO YOU CAN SEE IF AREAS NEAR YOU ARE CLOSE TO THAT STAGE OF BEING FLOODED.” REPORTER: AS FAR AS SHELTERS AND SANDBAG LOCATIONS WE’RE TOLD , THOSE WON’T BE OPEN UNTIL CLOSER TO IMPACT. MEGAN MELLADO, WESH 2 NEWS. MICHELLE: YOU CAN START PREPARING FOR THE STORM THIS WEEKEND BY FILLING SANDBAGS. A NUMBER OF FILLING SITES ARE OPENING THIS WEEKEND, INCLUDING ONE AT FESTIVAL PARK ON HOWLAND BOULEVARD IN DELTONA. IT IS OPEN FROM 8:00 A.M. UNTIL 3:00 P.M. ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. YOU NEED TO BRING YOUR OWN SHOVELS AND PROOF OF RESIDENCY. THERE’S A LIMIT OF 10 BAGS PER HOUSEHOLD. REMEMBER WESH 2 IS YOUR HOME FOR , ALL INFORMATION ON TROPICAL SYSTEMS. NOW IS THE TIME TO BRUSH UP ON

DeSantis declares State of Emergency for dozens of Florida counties

Related Video Above: WESH 2 News and WESH 2 First Warning Weather teams track Tropical Depression 9 Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a State of Emergency in 24 Florida counties as the state braces for the potential impacts of Tropical Depression 9, according to a news release sent Friday afternoon.DeSantis has also asked for a federal pre-landfall Emergency Declaration ahead of the storm. Related: NHC forecasts Tropical Depression 9 will hit Florida as Category 3 hurricaneSee the latest maps, models and paths here The governor’s office said the declaration will make resources and support available to Floridians, as well as allocate funding for emergency protective measures. Members of the Florida National Guard will be activated and on standby under this emergency order.>>> DOWNLOAD THE WESH 2 NEWS HURRICANE SURVIVAL GUIDE <<< SURVIVING THE SEASON: Everything you need to know this hurricane season in Florida”The severity and track of Tropical Depression 9 will continue to evolve. Because of this and the potential for dangerous storm surge, heavy rainfall, strong winds, flash flooding, and the potential for isolated tornadic activity,” the governor’s office wrote. “Governor DeSantis issued the State of Emergency for the following 24 counties.”The counties under a State of Emergency are as follows: BrevardBrowardCharlotteCollierDeSotoGladesHardeeHendryHighlandsHillsboroughIndian RiverLeeManateeMartinMiami-DadeMonroeOkeechobeeOsceolaPalm BeachPascoPinellasPolkSarasotaSt. Lucie

Related Video Above: WESH 2 News and WESH 2 First Warning Weather teams track Tropical Depression 9

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a State of Emergency in 24 Florida counties as the state braces for the potential impacts of Tropical Depression 9, according to a news release sent Friday afternoon.

DeSantis has also asked for a federal pre-landfall Emergency Declaration ahead of the storm.

Related: NHC forecasts Tropical Depression 9 will hit Florida as Category 3 hurricane

See the latest maps, models and paths here

The governor’s office said the declaration will make resources and support available to Floridians, as well as allocate funding for emergency protective measures.

Members of the Florida National Guard will be activated and on standby under this emergency order.

>>> DOWNLOAD THE WESH 2 NEWS HURRICANE SURVIVAL GUIDE <<<

SURVIVING THE SEASON: Everything you need to know this hurricane season in Florida

“The severity and track of Tropical Depression 9 will continue to evolve. Because of this and the potential for dangerous storm surge, heavy rainfall, strong winds, flash flooding, and the potential for isolated tornadic activity,” the governor’s office wrote. “Governor DeSantis issued the State of Emergency for the following 24 counties.”

The counties under a State of Emergency are as follows:

  • Brevard
  • Broward
  • Charlotte
  • Collier
  • DeSoto
  • Glades
  • Hardee
  • Hendry
  • Highlands
  • Hillsborough
  • Indian River
  • Lee
  • Manatee
  • Martin
  • Miami-Dade
  • Monroe
  • Okeechobee
  • Osceola
  • Palm Beach
  • Pasco
  • Pinellas
  • Polk
  • Sarasota
  • St. Lucie

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