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11-9-22 10:30 a.m. Tropical Storm Nicole Update – Local State of Emergency and 311 Critical Information Line

Press release from Alachua County

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – Alachua County is declaring a Local State of Emergency and has activated the 311 Critical Information Line. Residents should keep track of the latest County storm updates and text ALACHUA to 888-777 to receive important storm text updates.

We are bracing for Tropical Storm Nicole and the high winds associated with the storm. We are expecting tropical-storm-force winds beginning as early as 11 p.m. this evening through late tomorrow afternoon. Sustained winds of 30-50 mph are possible throughout Alachua County with the possibility of gusts as high as 70 mph. Power outages, downed trees, and damages to roofs and property from windblown debris are possible, and all necessary care and precautions should be taken now to minimize impacts. Residents are encouraged to check on their neighbors and other individuals who are known to need assistance preparing for a storm.

This is not expected to be a major rain event, with 2 to 3 inches expected. There is an increased chance of tornados.

Residents have the remainder of today to make sure they have their hurricane kits and plans in place.

Both a pet-friendly general population and a special medical needs shelter will be open later today. Shelter locations will be released when opened. Please remember, shelters are a last resort. As this is not expected to be a flooding event, only those in unsafe structures should consider sheltering.

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All County buildings, parks, and preserves are closed tomorrow. Parks and preserves are closed until further notice as damage assessments will be done after the storm.

See the latest from the National Weather Service in Jacksonville.

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