In preparation for impacts from Tropical Storm Nicole, Hernando County Government offices will be closed Thursday, November 10th, and will remain closed Friday, November 11th for Veterans Day.

Hillsborough County Declares Local State Of Emergency Ahead Of Tropical Storm Nicole

Hillsborough County Administrator Bonnie Wise today signed an executive order declaring a local state of emergency under authority granted by the County's Emergency Management Ordinance and the Board of County Commissioners.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – Hillsborough County Administrator Bonnie Wise today signed an executive order declaring a local state of emergency under authority granted by the County’s Emergency Management Ordinance and the Board of County Commissioners.

Tropical Storm Nicole grew even stronger overnight, with sustained winds at 70 mph, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

On the forecast track, the center of Nicole is expected to make landfall along the east coast of Florida within the hurricane warning area tonight as a Category 1 hurricane, with winds of 75 mph.

The order is in effect through Nov. 15.

A local state of emergency can be in effect for only seven days, unless rescinded or extended. The emergency declaration gives the County Administrator and emergency managers the ability to quickly take certain actions to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the community, and provides a path for federal reimbursement of certain expenses.

For more information on Hillsborough County’s response to Tropical Storm Nicole, visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafeand sign up for the HCFL Alert system.

Additionally, you can follow Hillsborough County on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor for updates.

Residents without digital access are encouraged to call (813) 272-5900, the County’s main information line, or visitHCFLGov.net/StaySafe.

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