Clay County Emergency Management monitoring Tropical Storm Ian

Don Johnson

Update: Tropical Depression 9 has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Ian. Still too soon to determine location of impacts.

Clay County Emergency Management Director John Ward said that his office was having meetings and discussions on Friday regarding Tropical Depression 9 and that “we will be activated by Sunday or Monday at the latest.”

How Tropical Depression 9 might affect different areas of Florida has yet to be determined. The National Hurricane Center advises that residents on the Florida Peninsula should closely monitor the storm’s path through the weekend and have your hurricane plan in place.

The depression is expected to approach Jamaica as a tropical storm on Sunday and the Cayman Islands as a hurricane on Monday. The forecast shows the storm approaching Florida at or near hurricane strength early next week after moving near or over western Cuba. Forecasters advise that the path could change over the weekend.

To view the latest on the storm, click here.

To view information on being prepared for a storm, click on the county’s website here.

To view the county’s emergency management Facebook page for updates and preparedness messages if the storm moves closer to Florida, click here.

Many of the following tips may not be needed for Tropical Depression 9, (since it is approaching from the Gulf side of Florida), but county officials always urge residents to be prepared during hurricane season.

Residents are advised to have fresh water stored in their homes, keep an emergency food supply, candles, flashlights and, if possible, buy a generator for extended power outages.

And for Florida newcomers, you should know that these items tend to disappear quickly as a hurricane approaches: gasoline for your vehicle, bottled water, toilet paper, batteries, flashlights, ice chests, charcoal or propane for the grill, plywood for the windows and, of course, generators.

More tips: for residents evacuating, bring cash (ATMs may not be working) and your important documents (insurance policies, lease agreements or proof of home ownership).

Residents should check on the emergency shelters near your home. If you have a pet, then check for pet-friendly shelters.

Storms can be unpredictable (such as Hurricane Charley in 2004) so never accept a predicted storm track as 100 percent accurate.

Residents should know their evacuation zone. This is particularly important for residents who live near the St. Johns River, Black Creek and other county waterways.

To find your evacuation zone by using your address, click here.
Tropical Depression 9 expected to reach hurricane strength.Image via National Hurricane Center

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