This year’s hurricane season has been particularly devastating, with immense property damage and lives lost in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Even after massive storms like Harvey, Irma, and Maria, there is still looming danger on the horizon.
According to Action News Jax, Florida governor Rick Scott has issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in 29 counties in response to Tropical Storm Nate. The storm is a threat to the Gulf Coast and may hit the area surrounding Pensacola, as well as coastal parts of Mississippi and Alabama.
The Florida counties under state of emergency are Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy, Baker, Union, Bradford, and Alachua.
Governor Scott urges Floridians in these areas to be prepared: “Tropical Storm Nate is headed north toward our state and Florida must be prepared. I have continued to be briefed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Tropical Storm Nate and while current forecast models have the storm’s center west of Florida, we must be vigilant and get prepared.”
According to FLGOV.com, the state has 7,000 National Guard members available for deployment. Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is reaching out to construction vendors to have them remove materials that block roads and evacuees.
As The Washington Post reports, Nate is expected to hit the US Gulf Coast Saturday night or early Sunday. The National Hurricane Center has put Americans in these areas on alert, releasing a statement saying:
“Life-threatening storm surge flooding is likely along portions of the northern Gulf Coast, and a storm surge warning has been issued from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Alabama/Florida border.”
So far, Nate is expected to hit the US as a Category 1 hurricane. But because the storm is passing over very warm water, it may transform into Category 2 or 3. Nate has already wreaked havoc in Central America.
According to The Guardian, Nate has killed 11 people in Nicaragua and forced thousands to evacuate their homes. In Costa Rica, more than 7,000 have taken refuge in shelters and eight have been found dead, including two children. In Honduras, two young people were drowned by the sudden swell in a river. And in El Salvador, one man was killed in a mudslide while another went missing.
New Orleans, which experienced major storm surge and landfall during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is currently a center of focus. The National Weather Service warns “large areas of deep inundation” may occur. There is also a danger of roads being washed out. Piers, boardwalks, docks, and marinas are especially susceptible to damage.
Florida governor Rick Scott has issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in 29 counties in response to Tropical Storm Nate. Can we handle another hurricane?
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is issuing preparedness guidelines and bracing to supply relief, as reported by Fox 8. Evacuation orders have not yet been given for the high-risk areas.
President Trump has been heavily involved in disaster relief for the multiple storms that have hit Americans this year. The president and the first lady visited Puerto Rico on Tuesday to oversee the relief efforts, as covered by Breitbart. The federal government has provided the US territory with extensive aid, but crumbling infrastructure, loss of power, and a lack of diesel has obstructed delivery of supplies.
By being prepared early, there is hope for the areas currently under threat from Tropical Storm Nate.