Local State of Emergency Issued

Subsequent to Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 22-219, Emergency Management – Tropical Depression Nine dated September 24, 2022, amending Executive Order 22-218 dated September 23, 2022, and according to the authorities granted the Port Richey City Manager by the City Code Chapter 12, Article III, Sec 12-47, (a), (1) and Section 12-48 (a) – (f) a state of local emergency is hereby declared for the City of Port Richey. As noted in Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order, the effects of Tropical Depression Nine, subsequently named Hurricane Ian, will likely create a significant threat to the health, safety and well fare for residents, infrastructure, and public services in the City of Port Richey, Pasco County, and surrounding counties.

Tropical Storm Elsa Update

8:00 p.m. Advisory: Elsa has been upgraded to a Hurricane. The center of Hurricane Elsa is about 100 miles south/southwest of Tampa or about 75 miles west of Fort Myers. The impacts remain the same across the area however, with the Hurricane Warning remaining in effect for Pinellas and coastal Hillsborough County north and Tropical Storm Warnings south of Tampa Bay. Storm Surge of 3 to 5 feet is possible north of Englewood in Sarasota County, with 2 to 4 feet possible to the south. Storm Surge Warnings remain in effect for the entire west central and southwest Florida coast. A Tornado Watch continues through 11:00 p.m. for the I-4 corridor south, and the tornado threat will shift northward overnight. A flood watch continues across the area.

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