Gov. DeSantis extends Hurricane Dorian emergency in 12 Florida counties

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses reporters on Sept. 5, 2019, at the state's emergency operations center in Tallahassee. With him are Lt. Gov. Janet Núñez, National Guard Adjutant General James Eifert, and Division of Emergency Response Director Jared Moskowitz. Source: governor's office

Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued a 60-day extension of the state of emergency he ordered in response to Hurricane Dorian, which spared Florida a direct hit during late summer but still inflicted damage here.

In an executive order signed last week, the governor told the Florida Division of Emergency Management to continue coordinating repairs and recovery in Brevard, Duval, Flagler, Indian River, Martin, Nassau, Osceola, Palm Beach, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, and St. Lucie counties.

“[T]he effects of Hurricane Dorian pose a continuing threat to the health, safety, and welfare of the State of Florida and its residents,” DeSantis wrote.

The governor first declared the state of emergency on Aug. 28, covering 26 counties, as Dorian approached the Florida coast. The next day, he expanded the order to cover the entire state.

The storm inflicted its worst punishments upon the Bahamas, but Florida still suffered storm surge, wind, rain, and associated power losses along the East Coast.

Michael Moline
Michael Moline has covered politics and the legal system for more than 30 years. He is a former managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal and former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal. He began his career covering the Florida Capitol for United Press International. More recently, he wrote for Florida Politics.