Gov. DeSantis Expands State of Emergency as Tropical Storm Ian Barrels Towards Florida

Tropical storm Ian
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Yesterday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a State of Emergency for 24 counties in the state as Tropical Depression Nine tore through the Caribbean. Well, Tropical Depression Nine has increased in speed and power and is now Tropical Storm Ian. The storm is still going strong and is expected to become a hurricane before it hits Florida early next week. Right now, it is expected to hit the state as a Category 2 storm.

Hurricane Ian

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With Tropical Storm Ian heading directly for the state and showing no signs of slowing down, Governor DeSantis has expanded the State of Emergency to include all 67 counties in the state. DeSantis shared news of the emergency expansion on Twitter.

Today, I extended the State of Emergency for Tropical Storm Ian to all 67 counties in Florida.

I encourage all Floridians to continue to monitor the storm and listen to local officials. 

The National Hurricane Center released more information on Tropical Storm Ian.

“On the forecast track, the center of Ian is forecast to pass well southwest of Jamaica on Sunday, and pass near or west of the Cayman Islands Sunday night and early Monday. Ian will then move near or over western Cuba late Monday and emerge over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday. 

“Ian is expected to remain a major hurricane when it moves generally northward across the eastern Gulf of Mexico during the middle of next week, but uncertainty in the track forecast is higher than usual. Regardless of Ian’s exact track, there is a risk of dangerous storm surge, hurricane-force winds, and heavy rainfall along the west coast of Florida and the Florida Panhandle by the middle of next week, and residents in Florida should ensure they have their hurricane plan in place, follow any advice given by local officials, and closely monitor updates to the forecast.”

Hurricane Ian

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If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort in the upcoming week and the National Hurricane Center issues a Hurricane Warning for the Orlando area within 7 days of your trip, you may call Disney and reschedule your vacation without cancellation or change fees.

Disney Dining will keep you updated as Tropical Storm Ian increases in strength and makes its way closer to Florida.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!