Gov. DeSantis declares state of emergency for 24 Florida counties amid Tropical Storm Ian

GENEVA, UNITED STATES - 2022/08/24: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to supporters at a campaign stop on the Keep Florida Free Tour at the Horsepower Ranch in Geneva. DeSantis faces former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist for the general election for Flori

Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for 24 counties that are in the potential path of Tropical Storm Ian.

On Thursday the governor also requested a federal pre-landfall Emergency Declaration in anticipation of impacts from the storm. 

Due to the possibility of a dangerous storm surge, heavy rainfall, strong winds, flash flooding, and the potential for isolated tornadic activity, Governor DeSantis issued the State of Emergency for the following 24 counties:

  • Brevard
  • Broward
  • Charlotte
  • Collier
  • DeSoto
  • Glades
  • Hardee
  • Hendry
  • Highlands
  • Hillsborough
  • Indian River
  • Lee
  • Manatee
  • Martin
  • Miami-Dade
  • Monroe
  • Okeechobee
  • Osceola
  • Palm Beach
  • Pasco
  • Pinellas
  • Polk
  • Sarasota
  • St. Lucie

Under the emergency order, members of the Florida National Guard will be activated and on standby awaiting orders. 

Tropical Storm Ian is expected to make landfall in Florida as a major Category 3 hurricane. 

Early Friday evening, the system was located east-southeast of Kingston Jamaica packing maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.