State of Emergency Declared for 24 Florida Counties Ahead of Tropical Depression 9

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What will likely be called Hurricane Ian as it strengthens is forecast to hit Florida, and Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency in 24 counties.

Tropical Depression Nine formed in the Caribbean on Friday with a path that could bring it to Florida next week as a major Category 3 hurricane. As of 5:00 pm today the its projected path has the system approaching Florida late Tuesday and making landfall Wednesday.

Tropical Depression Nine has the potential to strengthen into a major hurricane in the next few days, and Florida residents are urged to begin preparing emergency kits for them and their families as well as stocking food, water and medicine.

Officials continue to track the storm as it moves northward towards Florida. Here are the Florida counties that are currently under the State of Emergency:

  • 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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