This is Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly with an update on Hurricane Ian
The storm has shifted to the east which is not good for Flagler County. This means it is very likely we will begin having tropical storm winds beginning Wednesday night. This means sustained winds of 58 to 74 miles per hour and continuing to build up through Thursday and Friday with the possibility of a Category 1 hurricane winds. Some prediction models even have the eye of a hurricane over Flagler County.
This could be a strong weather event. Wednesday night a Nor’easter will arrive and combine with Hurricane Ian and there is a king tide. With this combination of weather systems we can now expect a storm surge similar to Hurricane Irma in 2017 of two to four feet, as well as a significant amount of rain and flooding throughout the county. Remember, this storm can change again as it did overnight but as it gets closer to making a Florida landfall in the Tampa Bay area as a Category 3 hurricane it becomes more predictable.
There is a possibility of evacuation orders for some parts of Flagler County over the next 24 hours, including neighborhoods on beachside and along the Intracoastal Waterway. If that happens, Flagler County Emergency Management will make the announcement and we will keep you informed.
Start getting ready for conditions to deteriorate later this week, possibly as soon as Wednesday evening. If you’re going to shelter in place, make sure you have enough food and water to last at least 3 days. We recommend a week’s worth to be on the safe side.
We also suggest having plenty of batteries available for flashlights and your weather radio should the power go out and you don’t have a generator. If you’re going to put shutters up, we recommend you do by Wednesday night.
If you still need sandbags to protect your home, you can get up to 10 bags for free at various locations throughout Flagler County. Inmate work crews will continue to assist at some of these locations by filling bags for residents to pick up. Other locations will be staffed by volunteers. At those locations, be ready to fill the sandbags on your own in case there’s no one there to do that.
It is likely shelters will open Wednesday afternoon for those that need to or who want to evacuate their homes and need a place to go. Once we have a list of available shelters, we will let you know.
Garbage collection has been canceled throughout the county, so please don’t put your trash at the curb for pick-up. Schools and courts will be closed starting tomorrow.
The County has opened an Ian hotline today from 8am to 5pm to answer questions. The phone number is 386-313-4200.
Your Sheriff’s Office is ready and prepared for Hurricane Ian. We hope you are, too. Please continue to follow the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office on social media for updates as Ian approaches Flagler County.