Florida Governor issues a state of emergency in 49 counties due to severe weather

Florida Governor issues a state of emergency in 49 counties due to severe weather

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Tuesday issued a state of emergency in 49 counties Severe weather and tornadoes hit parts of the state.

The majority of the dozens of counties under a state of emergency are in North Florida, while neither the Treasure Coast nor South Florida are included.

The state of emergency will allow Florida to receive federal assistance and resources in the event of severe damage.

The counties included under the order are Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Calhoun, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Hernando, Hillsboro, Holmes, and Jackson. , Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Lyon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Marion, Nassau, Okaloosa, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Seminole, Sumter, St. John's, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia. Wakulla, Walton and Washington.

DeSantis on Monday Activate the Florida State Guard To respond to any weather-related emergencies.

Parts of the Florida Panhandle on Tuesday were already sustaining damage from tornadoesBlowing up rooftops and throwing furniture.

Walton County Sheriff's Office

A Cumberland Farms gas station was damaged after strong thunderstorms passed through the area, on January 9, 2024.

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Locally, the Storm Prediction Center placed the Treasure Coast and all of Okeechobee County, as well as parts of Palm Beach County, under a “slight” risk of severe weather on Tuesday.

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Scattered strong storms and some tornadoes are possible Tuesday evening, WPTV meteorologist Steve Villanueva said. Damaging winds will be the biggest threat.

“It will be an overnight event. After 6 p.m.,” WPTV meteorologist Jennifer Correia added. “It starts far north. It works its way south. After six o'clock until tonight, you can expect the worst of the weather.”

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WPTV First Alert Weather Forecast, January 9, 2024.

Impacts include damaging straight winds of 50 to 70 mph and isolated tornadoes.

Below is a breakdown of the timing of the weather instability:

  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Isolated strong/severe storms ahead of the main line that could produce a tornado or two
  • 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.: A strong line of thunderstorms moves across the Treasure Coast
  • 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.: The line moves through Palm Beach County
  • 12 a.m. to 1 a.m.: The end of the severe threat, partial clearing and cold air movements for the rest of the night.

Correa said that the line in general will weaken as it moves south and east.
Once the storms clear, cooler, drier air will flow behind the system on Wednesday.

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