Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for 24 counties that are in the potential path of Tropical Depression 9.
In addition, DeSantis requested a pre-landfall federal emergency declaration in anticipation of impacts from the storm. This declaration will make available significant resources and support, as well as free up funding sources for emergency protection measures.
“This storm has the potential to become a major hurricane and we encourage all Floridians to prepare. We are coordinating with all state and local government partners to track the potential impacts of this storm,” the governor said.
Tropical Depression 9 has the potential to strengthen into a major hurricane in the coming days. The Governor urged Floridians and their families to start preparing and ensuring their family emergency supply kit is ready and stocked with food, water and medicine.
By declaring a state of emergency, Governor DeSantis is ensuring that state and local governments have enough time, resources, and flexibility to prepare.
The state of emergency has been activated for the counties of Miami Dade, Palm Beach, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Monroe, Okeechobee, Osceola. , Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and St. Lucie. (YO)