Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency in all counties as Hurricane Dorian’s path remains uncertain. Twelve counties in Georgia have followed our lead.
According to the National Weather Service, the storm is projected to hit somewhere along Florida’s east coast as a Category 3 or 4 on Monday night. Eckerd operations remain unaffected until potential impacts on Tampa Bay are confirmed.
After the hurricane reaches land, its speed and intensity will slow drastically, moving its potential arrival in Tampa Bay to Tuesday, and likely weakening it to a Category 1 or back to a tropical storm. But even a weaker storm could bring serious flooding and wind to the St. Petersburg / Tampa area.
Saturated soil and overflowing rivers from other storms put Tampa Bay at serious flood risk in the event of long lasting, heavy rainfall.
The Walmart and Publix on 34th St. South were both running low on bottled water, paper towels and canned food Friday morning as state officials urge their residents to plan for seven days without power.
The University of South Florida has closed campus and cancelled classes ahead of the impending storm.
Eckerd will increase the frequency of their email alerts to twice a day starting Saturday. They encourage students to check these regularly in order to stay informed of any changes or updates.
Reporting also contributed by Celina Ceballos, science editor.