In preparation for Tropical Depression 9, Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order, A “state of emergency” has been declared for 24 Florida countiesSarasota and Manatee are in the potential path of the incoming storm.
DeSantis also called for a “federal pre-landfall emergency declaration” to provide key resources and support available to the state. This requires President Biden’s approval.
Invert 98L has formed into Tropical Depression 9 in the Caribbean and is expected to become Hurricane Ian by early next week. The National Hurricane Center track showed the storm’s center toward Sarasota and Manatee counties Friday evening, but forecasters cautioned that the storm’s track forecast was far from a possible landfall in Florida.
“In fact, this forecast calls for the system to reach the Florida peninsula as a major hurricane by 5 days,” said Brad Reinhart, National Hurricane Center hurricane specialist, “supported by the latest It is supported by IVCN and HCCA.”
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As of 5 p.m. EDT, Tropical Depression Nine had sustained winds of 35 mph. It was heading west-northwest at a speed of mph. The National Hurricane Center predicts some slow strengthening over the next day or so, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm by Friday night. The NHC also expects more significant intensification on Sunday and Monday, and the system is forecast to become a hurricane by early Monday.
There is still considerable uncertainty in the track forecast on the Day 4-5 time frame. Once the system transitions into a tropical cyclone, more accurate forecasts will be possible.
If Tropical Depression Nine becomes a storm, it will likely be named Ian, as another storm in the eastern Atlantic will likely quickly become a tropical storm.
Will Hurricane Ian Hit Sarasota Manatee?
Although Tropical Depression Nine is not expected to become Hurricane Ian until late Sunday or early Monday, most forecast models show it affecting Florida near Sarasota and Manatee counties. However, forecasters caution that relying on storm track predictions is still too uncertain.
“The track is still kind of uncertain,” NWS Tampa meteorologist Christine Pierce said. “The center of the storm sinks in the early stages. We’re not even sure it’s going to turn toward Florida for sure.”
When will Hurricane Ian hit Sarasota Manatee?
If the National Hurricane Center and other forecasts prove correct, Tropical Depression 9 will continue to grow in intensity, become Hurricane Hermann by Monday morning, and make landfall in the Sarasota-Manatee area of Florida sometime on Wednesday. will affect
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Sarasota-Manatee Government Response
Bill Logan, the county’s information outreach manager, said Manatee County is partially activating its emergency operations center this afternoon, but is currently without permanent staff, citing it as an extraordinary precaution. .
Sarasota County officials released a statement on their social media Friday morning, saying they were monitoring the storm’s progress.
“We’re not activated (for the emergency) yet,” said Brian Grant, the county’s media relations officer. “We are monitoring all activity and advise residents to review their plans, prepare go-kits and visit our website for storm checks and tips.”
Where can I find sandbags in Sarasota Manatee before Hurricane Ian?
The City of Venice has announced that the Department of Public Works will have sandbags available to residents starting Sunday, September 25 from noon to 6 p.m. at Wellfield Park off Pinebrook Road.
These are self-filling stations. There is a limit of 10 sandbags per household while supplies last and shovels will be provided. Residents are encouraged to bring their own bags in case the city runs out, as well as their own shovels to speed up the process.
Sarasota County will also conduct sandbag operations at three locations on Sunday, September 25 from noon to 6 p.m.
Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th Street, Sarasota.
Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota.
South County Flats, 4571 SR 776/Englewood Road, Venice.
Shovels and bags will be available on site, limit 10 sandbags per vehicle.
Sandbag operations are also planned for Monday, September 26 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tropical Depression 9 (Possibly Hurricane Ian) National Hurricane Center Update
23 September till 5 PM:
Location: 430 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph
Direction: West-Northwest at 14 mph
Next advisory: 11 pm ET
At 5 p.m. EDT, the center of Tropical Depression Nine was located near latitude 14.7 North, longitude 71.3 West. The depression is moving west-northwest near 15 mph.
There is now a hurricane watch for the Cayman Islands and a tropical storm watch for Jamaica.
On the forecast track, the storm’s center is forecast to move across the central Caribbean Sea on Saturday, pass south of Jamaica on Saturday night and Sunday, and reach the Cayman Islands on Sunday night and early Monday. .
Maximum sustained winds are 35 mph with gusts. Some slow strengthening is forecast over the next day or so, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm by tonight. More significant intensification is forecast for Sunday and Monday.
The expected minimum central pressure is 1006 mb (29.71 in).
This article originally appeared on the Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Hurricane coming to Florida? Sarasota is currently in the path of the storm.
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