UPDATE: Hurricane warning issued for Okeechobee County

Posted 9/27/22

The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane watch for Okeechobee County. A tropical storm warning remains in effect for the county.

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UPDATE: Hurricane warning issued for Okeechobee County


The Sept. 27 11 a.m. update on Hurricane Ian
The Sept. 27 11 a.m. update on Hurricane Ian

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.

  • Manufactured homes are extremely vulnerable. If you live in a manufactured home, determine where you will go before the storm hits, as these types of structures may not withstand hurricane wind or surge damage.  
  • Download the FEMA App. Use this free app to receive local weather alerts and warnings.
  • Have an emergency supply kit. Your kit should include supplies you and your family would need for several days, including medications and any needed pet supplies. After a hurricane, you may not have access to these supplies for days.
  • Check on neighbors. As you prepare your family and loved ones for a disaster, check on neighbors and folks in your community to see if they are doing the same or help them get started.
  • Determine if you need any special assistance before or after the storm. If you undergo routine treatments administered by a clinic or hospital, find out their emergency plans and work with them to identify back-up service providers.  
  • Flood Insurance. Your National Flood Insurance Program policy will cover and reimburse certain actions you take to minimize damage to your home and belongings before a flood.
  • Prepare for Power Outages. Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity. Plan for batteries and other alternative power sources to meet your needs when the power goes out. Have enough nonperishable food and water. Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines.

Follow the Okeechobee Emergency-Management Facebook page for updates.

Okeechobee County, Hurricane Ian