Gov. Ron DeSantis declares state of emergency in Hurricane Dorian’s path

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As is customary when a hurricane approaches Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued a state of emergency ahead of the storm.

The National Weather Service said Wednesday afternoon that Hurricane Dorian could hit Florida’s east coast late Sunday or Monday morning.

The state of emergency covers 26 counties in the current predicted storm track –  Atlantic coastal counties from Miami to Jacksonville and inland to Central and North-Central Florida.

Check the governor’s executive order for a listing of individual counties here.

“By declaring a state of emergency, Governor DeSantis is ensuring that state and local governments have ample time, resources and flexibility to prepare,” the governor’s office said in a news release. “The State Emergency Operations Center will activate to a Level 2 on Thursday morning, enhancing the coordination between federal, state and local emergency management agencies.”

DeSantis said: “Every Florida resident should have seven days of supplies, including food, water and medicine, and should have a plan in case of disaster.”

Julie Hauserman
Julie Hauserman has been writing about Florida for more than 30 years. She is a former Capitol bureau reporter for the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times, and reported for The Stuart News and the Tallahassee Democrat. She was a national commentator for National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday and The Splendid Table . She has won many awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work is featured in several Florida anthologies, including The Wild Heart of Florida , The Book of the Everglades , and Between Two Rivers . Her new book is Drawn to The Deep, a University Press of Florida biography of Florida cave diver and National Geographic explorer Wes Skiles.

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