OKEECHOBEE- The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane warning for Okeechobee County during their 5 p.m. update on Sept. 27.
A hurricane warning means hurricane-force winds are expected somewhere within this area within the next 36 hours
The Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners adopted a local state of emergency on Sept. 27 in preparation for Hurricane Ian.
“The conditions in our area are expected to be tropical storm force winds within 36 hours,” said Okeechobee County administrator Deborah Manzo to Board Members at the meeting. “Heavy rain is a concern here in Okeechobee County for flooding.”
Manzo says the county has provided over 4,000 sandbags to the community and that the Roads and Bridges department has been out clearing drains and ensuring they aren’t obstructed. All non-emergency county offices will be closed on Sept. 28.
The Okeechobee County School District announced that all public schools in the county will be closed Sept. 28. District administrators say whether school is back open on Sept. 29 depends upon Ian's impact on the area.
Florida officials waived toll collections to facilitate evacuations as local officials issued mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders in anticipation of Hurricane Ian. Anyone ordered to evacuate should do so as soon as possible. If you are not in an evacuation zone, consider sheltering in place, but know your home and its ability to withstand strong winds. Evacuation orders can be found at www.floridadisaster.org/evacuation-orders.
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