Wednesday, October 05, 2016

County Monitoring Hurricane - Tropical Storm Expected Here

LABELLE, FL. -- Hendry County issued a Local State of Emergency effective 6:00 am today. The Hendry County Emergency Operations Center is currently at a Level 2 (partial activation) and is monitoring Hurricane Matthew very closely. 

Governor Rick Scott advised all Floridians to prepare for a direct hit. At this time Hendry County is under a Tropical Storm Warning. A Tropical Storm Warning is an announcement that tropical-storm conditions are expected within a specified area. 

Because outside preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force (39-73 mph), warnings are issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

Hope Connections at the L.J. Nobles Senior Center on Cowboy Way has announced they will be closed on Thursday and Friday.

Decisions regarding County government, City offices, and school closures, as well as shelter openings, will be made later today.

For residents living in low-lying or flood prone areas, there are two SELF-SERVE sandbag distribution locations open now at the Clewiston Health Department (field on the north side) located at 1100 S. Olympia Ave, Clewiston, FL. In LaBelle, the site is located the LaBelle Rodeo Grounds located at 100 Rodeo Dr./SR29 South. 

BRING YOUR OWN SHOVEL. There is no limit but please be courteous of others in need.

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