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Hurricane Ian could bring high winds to Tallahassee, starting Thursday morning
Notes from yesterday's joint press conference on Hurricane Ian + resources
Yesterday, Leon County declared a State of Emergency ahead of Hurricane Ian, which could bring high winds and moderate rainfall to Leon County.
Photo from September 26th Press Conference on Hurricane Ian
The declaration was announced during a press conference, held yesterday afternoon to update residents on local hurricane preparedness efforts.
Main takeaways from the press conference:
Leon County’s Director of Emergency Management Kevin Peters said Hurricane Ian's wind field will extend 270 miles away from its center, which could bring high winds into Leon County early Thursday morning.
Ian is projected to slow down as it approaches Florida, Leon County could still face “significant wind threat” and “tropical storm force winds”, potentially resulting in downed trees and power outages.
Mayor John Dailey said “we are monitoring and clearing debris, where necessary, on all of our infrastructure across the city … [to] truly [prepare] for whatever the storm may bring us”.
Sheriff Walt McNeill encouraged preparing early to minimize the number of persons on our roadways driving.
As of 12pm today, Ian is a major hurricane, and is forecasted to move northeastward toward the FL west coast by tomorrow:
Photo from the National Weather Service
How do I view or report a power outage?
How much rain will Leon County get?
According to Kevin Peters, the storm will bring moderate rainfall of four to six inches.
Will the City/County open shelters?
Yes, but it’s unclear when the shelters will open. Yesterday, the Mayor said the City will notify the public shortly about the shelters that will be opening up.
Where can I find the most current news on Hurricane Ian?
Visit the County's Emergency information Portal, where you also find information about sandbag locations, school closures, and shelters.
I hope y’all stay safe during this period!