34m ago / 7:53 PM UTC
Biden signss Florida’s declaration of pre-landfall ahead of Idalia
Joe Biden, the President of the United States, has approved Florida Governor Rick Scott’s request for a pre-landfall warning. Ron DeSantis.
FEMA says that a pre-landfall request is something states can do to get a presidential declaration of emergency before a typhoon or hurricane makes landfall.
DeSantis asked the federal government to declare the matter last night. Deanne Criswell, FEMA Director and Biden spoke to the Governor today.
DeSantis spoke of the conversation: “He said they supported our pre-landfall announcement and that they stood by ready to help us with anything we needed.”
35m ago / 7:52 PM UTC
Pinellas County Orders Mandatory Evacuations
A Pinellas County news release states that residents in low-lying regions are required to evacuate today due to a “potentially life-threatening storm surge.”
This mandatory evacuation will affect 338,000 people, and it takes effect at 7 pm tonight for those who live in Zone A or the highlighted red areas on this Map. These are mainly located on the outer edges of Pinellas County.
All those living in mobile homes or residential healthcare facilities located in Zone A are also included in the evacuation. The evacuation of healthcare facilities begins today at 1 pm.
Residents are advised to evacuate the inland area beyond Zone B.
36m ago / 7:51 PM UTC
Tampa International Airport will close before Idalia
Officials said that the Tampa International Airport would close tomorrow morning at dawn ahead of Idalia. Idalia is expected to make landfall in Florida as a Category 3 hurricane this week.
According to a press release, the airport anticipates reopening Thursday morning after “damage assessments begin once the storm has passed.”
The statement stated that the closure would allow the Airport, its partners, and the airport itself to prepare the airfield, terminals and ground equipment, as well as any remaining aircraft, before Idalia is expected to land early on Wednesday morning, as a possible major hurricane. Some cargo and private aircraft operation could continue overnight. However, all air traffic must cease by 7 am Tuesday morning.
37m ago / 7:50 PM UTC
DeSantis warns that Idalia will have a’major effect’ on Florida
Governor Rick Scott has issued hurricane watches along the Gulf Coast, from Sarasota County to Franklin County. Ron DeSantis stated at a news briefing on Monday morning.
DeSantis stated: “This is going to have a major impact on Floridians and they should prepare for a hurricane of major category three or higher.
DeSantis warned that the storm could still affect residents in other areas.
He said, “I mean, anyone on the west coast Florida can see major, significant impacts. So please prepare accordingly.”
DeSantis says that Florida residents who are ordered to evacuate must be prepared to move to higher ground. It is not necessary to leave the state or travel hundreds of kilometers.
DeSantis said, “This is going be a major storm. This is going be a powerful storm.” “This is going to have a major impact on the state of Florida, in many ways.” Please, please follow the instructions of your local officials. Make the necessary accommodations and take precautions.