Broward County, Florida – As Tropical Storm Ian continues to churn and intensify to our south, South Floridians are continuing to prepare and are clearing the shelves of nearby grocery stores.
Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a state of emergency on Friday for 24 counties, including Monroe, Miami-Dade, and Broward, due to Tropical Storm Ian’s potential to intensify into a dangerous hurricane for Florida.
According to Edward Williams, who was purchasing goods for family members with disabilities, his storm pack was already ready.
“I already know what a hurricane can do,” said Williams.
After emergency management experts advised residents in South Florida that “now is the time to get ready,” many people left work right away in an effort to beat the throngs over the weekend.
“It’s hectic,” said Lequisha Reynolds. “I have to get little small fans, portable fans.”
Emergency personnel are advising citizens to prepare a hurricane kit with a 3-day supply of food and water for each member of the home, including pets.
“It’s too early to know what the exact impacts from Tropical Depression Nine will be, but we must prepare for the worst to ensure that our community remains safe,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava