Authorities are bracing for a potential hurricane as Tropical Depression 9 continues its approach toward the East Coast.
The tropical depression, which is expected to progress into a full-blown Category 3 hurricane, continues its way northward toward Florida and is expected to hit its southern parts by Monday evening.
In preparation for the potential hurricane, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in 24 counties.
These counties include 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. Lucie.
The storm is currently building up over the Caribbean and could progress into a major hurricane over the weekend if conditions, including moisture levels and water temperature, allow it.
“This storm has the potential to strengthen into a major hurricane and we encourage all Floridians to make their preparations,” the governor said in an address.
“We are coordinating with all state and local government partners to track potential impacts of this storm.”
As DeSantis added, the state’s National Guard would be activated while “important resources and support, as well as free up funding sources for emergency protective measure” will be made available.
In a statement to fellow Floridians, the authorities also directly addressed the people and urged those in affected counties to “begin preparing and ensuring their family emergency supply kit is ready and stocked with food, water, and medicine.”
Besides the direct threat that the potential hurricane poses to Florida, there are also rising fears of flash floods, landslides, strong winds, and possible tornado activity in the region.
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