Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state-of-emergency for 34 Florida counties Monday, in preparation for Subtropical Storm Nicole. It is expected that the storm will begin affecting Florida as soon as Tuesday.
The system could turn into a hurricane and make landfall along the Florida Coast on Wednesday night or Thursday. The system will then make its way up the East Coast over the weekend, possibly as a Nor’easter.
The order of DeSantis is a warning move. Although the announcement was made just days before Election Day, the emergency order didn’t say that voters should avoid going to the polls. According to a press release, the governor advised citizens to prepare a disaster plan and to be prepared in case of an evacuation or flood. They also suggested that they have multiple options for getting weather alerts.
DeSantis stated in a statement that “while this storm doesn’t appear to be getting stronger at the moment, I urge all Floridians to get prepared and to pay attention to announcements by local emergency management officials.” “We will continue monitoring the storm’s trajectory and strength as it moves towards Florida.
DeSantis’s order stated that Nicole was 555 miles east of the Bahamas as of Monday morning. The National Hurricane Center had predicted that it would hit the east coast of Florida, including the areas that were affected by Hurricane Ian.
The order stated that there was a danger of severe storm surges, heavy rain, flash flooding, and strong winds. There is also the possibility of beach erosion and isolated tornadic activities on Florida’s Peninsula. People should take “timely precautions” in preparation.
According to a press release by the governor’s office, wind gusts could strike the east coast Tuesday. However, people should be prepared for the storm regardless of its intensity or path.
Brevard, Broward, and Charlotte are the counties affected by the emergency.