Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on State Preparedness for Hurricane Ian

This morning, Governor Ron DeSantis issued updates on Hurricane Ian at the State Emergency Operations Center and the Sarasota County Emergency Operations Center with Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie.

Ian became a Category 3 hurricane early this morning and continues to rapidly intensify as it emerges over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico later this morning. Hurricane Ian will pass west of the Florida Keys later today, and approach the West Coast of Florida on Wednesday.

Mandatory Evacuation Orders have been issued for select areas, including coastal communities, mobile homes and low-lying areas in several counties. To see if you are under an evacuation order, visit and follow local officials for updates. As of 11 a.m., evacuation orders have been issued in the following counties:

  • Charlotte
  • Hillsborough
  • Levy
  • Lee
  • Manatee
  • Pasco
  • Pinellas
  • Sarasota

Current Watches and Warnings in Effect:

  • Hurricane Warnings: Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee, Sarasota, Hardee, DeSoto, Charlotte, Lee
  • Tropical Storm Warnings: coastal Nassau, Duval, Clay, Putnam, St. Johns, Flagler, Levy, Alachua, Volusia, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Sumter, Lake, Seminole, Orange, Osceola, Brevard, Okeechobee, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Highlands, Glades, Hendry, Collier, Mainland Monroe, Palm Beach, Lower & Middle Keys
  • Hurricane Watches: Levy, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Sumter, Lake, Seminole, Orange, Osceola, Okeechobee, Highlands, Glades, Hendry, Collier
  • Tropical Storm Watches: coastal Franklin, coastal Wakulla, coastal Jefferson, coastal Taylor, Dixie, Gilchrist, Alachua, Union, Bradfor, Baker, inland Nassau, Broward, Miami-Dade, Upper Keys
  • Storm Surge Warnings: Suwannee River to Flamingo, including Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor; Dry Tortugas; Marineland to the Mouth of the St. Marys River; the St. Johns River
  • Storm Surge Watches: Florida Keys; Aucilla River to Suwannee River; Marineland to Volusia/Flagler Line
  • Anclote River to Bonita Beach, including Tampa Bay… 5-10 ft
  • Suwanee River to Anclote River… 5-8 ft
  • Bonita Beach to Chokoloskee… 4-7 ft
  • Chokoloskee to East Cape Sable, FL… 3-5 ft
  • Flagler/Volusia County Line to Altamaha Sound, including the St. Johns River… 2-4 ft
  • East Cape Sable to Card Sound Bridge, including Florida Bay… 2-4 ft
  • Aucilla River to Suwannee River… 2-4 ft
  • Florida Keys including the Dry Tortugas… 2-4 ft
  • Indian Pass to Aucilla River… 1-3 ft

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