DeSantis mobilizes national guard ahead of likely hurricane

9/25/2022 9:31:00 PM

While the storm may weaken or change its current path, the governor urged people to begin preparing for a major weather event that could leave many Floridians without power for days.

Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis on Sunday said the state is mobilizing resources as Tropical Storm Ian bears down on the state, including activating 2,500 national guard troops and preparing more than 2 million meals for residents.

While the storm may weaken or change its current path, the governor urged people to begin preparing for a major weather event that could leave many Floridians without power for days.

“It's too soon to say that there's not going to be a wobble,” DeSantis said, later adding, “or there's not going to be any type of curvature back into the Florida peninsula.The order applies to the following counties: 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 and St.DeSantis said he has activated 2,500 members of the Florida National Guard and said dangerous storm surges are possible as Ian moves north and gains strength.Published: Sep.

” The National Hurricane Center in Miami stated that Ian is expected to hit the western side of Cuba before it heads toward Florida over the Gulf of Mexico, where warm waters could turn the storm into a major hurricane.Early forecasts show Ian will hit Florida as a Category 1 storm with winds up to 95 miles per hour.“This storm has the potential to strengthen into a major hurricane and we encourage all Floridians to make their preparations,” DeSantis said in a prepared statement.DeSantis has already declared a state of emergency ahead of Ian.On Saturday, President Joe Biden announced an emergency for Florida, which allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency to begin coordinating efforts before the storm.The weather system, which was a tropical depression Friday afternoon, is expected to be named Ian.Although DeSantis routinely criticizes Biden and his administration over issues like immigration, education and Covid-19 mandates, the Florida governor on Sunday thanked the White House for its assistance.NEW! The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla.

DeSantis added that he’s been in contact with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell since Friday.The U.“They stand by ready to help, so we appreciate that quick action,” DeSantis said.Biden was scheduled to visit Florida on Tuesday to campaign in Orlando with Democrat Charlie Crist, who is running for governor against DeSantis.Coast Guard on Friday imposed port condition “Whiskey” for Port Everglades, indicating gale force winds could occur within 72 hours.The White House postponed the trip due to the impending storm.Story continues DeSantis said the greatest threat is from storm surges, which occur as the storm comes on shore.The hotline number is 1-866-966-7226.update puts Tropical Storm Ian’s center about 255 miles south of Kingston, Jamaica, and about 445 miles southeast of Grand Cayman with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph moving west at 16 mph.

Residents should also expect power outages and gasoline shortages as emergency crews work to repair lines of service during and after the storm.“That's something that could happen with a hurricane of this magnitude,” DeSantis said.Ian could be the first major hurricane to impact Florida during DeSantis' first term as governor.Hurricane Dorian had threatened to hit the state in August 2019 as a Category 4 storm, but it ended up being much weaker, only impacting the western edge of the Panhandle.DeSantis said early forecasts show Ian could weaken before the storm hits the coast.Most of the state of Florida is within Tropical Storm Ian’s “cone of uncertainty,” now, although the NHC cautioned computer models continue to diverge beyond 72 hours on where the storm goes in the Gulf of Mexico after leaving Cuba.

But it will still pack plenty of rainfall that will cause flooding, a potentially deadly outcome.Flash flooding around greater Jacksonville after Hurricane Irma in 2017 left hundreds of residents with less than an hour to evacuate as coastal rivers bloated, leaving neighborhoods under water.“It is expected to weaken by the time it makes landfall and would no longer be a major hurricane, but it will still have significant impacts,” DeSantis said.“You're talking about a lot of rain, you're talking about surge, and you're talking about flooding.” During the press conference, DeSantis was joined by Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie, who said the state has already moved 360 trailers carrying 2 million meals and 1 million gallons of water to areas along the Gulf Coast.” Forecasters are particularly concerned about potential storm surge in that area, Rhome said.

The state has also removed roadway weight restrictions so that more trucks can bring in more supplies from outside the state.Guthrie said people should begin gathering supplies now and closely follow evacuation orders and plans.To warn against unnecessary mass evacuations, Guthrie sought to remind people of Hurricane Irma, which led to more than 6 million people leaving their homes.He said about 2 million of those evacuees did not need to evacuate.“I encourage all Floridians to not only continue these preparedness efforts,” Guthrie said, “but also, take the time to know their zone and know their home.2.

” Guthrie said DEM has received 122 requests from counties seeking help with preparing for the storm.The resources they requested are now en route, he said.DeSantis said Ian's landfall prediction could be moved west as the storm inches closer to Florida, placing it in a path of areas of the Panhandle that have the lowest-income counties in the state.The same area was pummeled by Hurricane Michael after that Category 5 storm made landfall east of Panama City Beach in 2018, causing more than $18 billion in damages and 50 fatalities.Ian is not expected to cause as much damage as Michael.The latest cone of uncertainty still has the system approaching Florida late Tuesday, parked 100 miles to the west of Naples Wednesday morning, and making landfall Thursday morning as a Category 2 hurricane with 110 mph winds and 130 mph gusts north of Tampa in Hernando or Citrus counties.

"It would likely be more of a water and flood and storm-surge event rather than the type of buzzsaw that we saw with Michael four years ago," DeSantis said, "where any building that was not really sturdy was basically getting flattened." Advertisement.

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Too bad the insurance system in FL was too expensive for the most people to have. Because he actually gives a damn I wouldn’t give him squat if I were Biden but we all know Biden is a man and will still do his job to that 💩 state but will he only save Republican counties? And planes trips for foreigners!

Gov. DeSantis declares emergency for 24 counties as tropical storm loomsGov. Ron DeSantis on Friday declared a state of emergency for 24 counties as National Hurricane Center tracking models indicate Florida could be hit by a major hurricane next week. Oh boy! Does that mean we can get flown to Martha's vineyard? Will he turn down all federal money? I am sure he does not want to allow for redistribution of wealth and certainly does not want money from fema or POTUS I wonder how people can turn this political… *checks comments* and there they are. Get a freaking life!!!!

Gov. DeSantis activates national guard, warns of storm surge, power outages, fuel disruptions as Ian approachesGov. Ron DeSantis on Sunday morning warned of widespread power outages and fuel disruptions later this week as Florida prepares for the impact of Tropical Storm Ian, which was expected to become a powerful hurricane later in the day.

Tropical Storm Ian’s path shifts west, still could strike Florida as hurricaneThe National Hurricane Center projects landfall farther north along Florida’s Gulf Coast north of Tampa, although that projection is likely to continue shifting through the weekend, forecasters said.

Gov. Ron DeSantis expands 'state of emergency' to all Florida counties ahead of Tropical Storm Ian“Tropical Storm Ian is forecasted to become a major hurricane before making landfall along Florida’s West Coast,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis expands state of emergency as storm expected to hit FloridaThe National Hurricane Center said Ian is forecast to move over western Cuba and approach Florida early next week with major hurricane strength.