Governor Ron DeSantis on September 23rd, 2022, declared a State of Emergency for Indian River County and 23 other Counties in Florida over Tropical Depression Nine. Tropical Depression Nine is expected to strengthen over the next few days. The State of Emergency will allow the State of Florida and local governments in effected areas to be able to prepare for this storm.
Governor DeSantis said about Tropical Depression Nine “this storm has the potential to strengthen into a major hurricane and we encourage all Floridians to make their preparations. We are coordinating with all state and local government partners to track potential impacts of this storm.”
Florida residents are being advised by the Governor to stock up on necessary supplies, such as water, food and medicine.
The Florida National Guard will be activated and on standby, per the State of Emergency.
Below is a predicted model of Tropical Depression Nine’s track, specifically showing when winds from the storm will start:
Indian River County Sheriff Eric Flowers told Indian River News regarding the Tropical Storm and State of Emergency:
“Our agency prepares annually for the potential landfall of hurricanes in our county or around the state. Today we were on a conference call with the Florida Sheriff’s Association Task Force preparing assets for wherever TD9 may make landfall. We want to assure the community that our agency and our partner Sheriff’s Offices around the state are prepared should TD9 come our way. Additionally, we are ready to respond to help around the state if we are called upon. We will continue to monitor the projected path of TD9. As we approach the end of hurricane season, we would hope that residents are well prepared at this point, but if you are not please prepare your family as resources may not be available immediately after a tropical depression or hurricane makes landfall. A resource guide is available from our partners at the Indian River County Emergency Operations Center.”
Currently, Tropical Depression 9 in the Atlantic Ocean, north of Venezuela and south of the island of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic).
The National Hurricane Center put the following Key Messages about Tropical Depression Nine:
The following are all the Counties Governor DeSantis declared a State of Emergency for, along with Indian River:
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