Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Friday afternoon declaring a state of emergency for 24 counties ahead of Tropical Depression 9.
Tropical Depression 9 is forecast to become a major Category 3 hurricane near the coast of Florida.
The executive order declaring a state of emergency allows state and local agencies to begin preparations ahead of a possible storm.
DeSantis urged Floridians to begin preparing and to ensure their emergency supply kits are stocked.
The state of Emergency has been issued the following 24 counties:
The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday imposed port condition “Whiskey” for Port of Key West indicating gale force winds could occur within 72 hours.
Attorney General Ashley Moody activated a hotline for people to report price gouging. The hotline number is 1-866-966-7226.
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