Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday that Florida is ready but not in an “emergency posture” as tropical-storm warnings were in place for large parts of the state.
The National Hurricane Center said a potential tropical cyclone was about 430 miles southwest of Fort Myers on Friday morning, moving to the northeast at 5 mph.
Warnings were in place for the Florida Keys, the West Coast of Florida south of the middle of Longboat Key, Lake Okeechobee, and the East Coast south of the border of Volusia and Brevard counties.
During an appearance in Orlando, DeSantis advised people to take precautions as the storm was expected to bring rains Friday and strong winds Saturday.
“You may want to be inside, but no one’s going into emergency posture. We’re ready if that’s needed from Florida … we don’t anticipate that at this point,” DeSantis said. “I think one of the things that’s unique about this system is the rain is actually beating the wind. You’re gonna have a very rainy day today. And you’re gonna probably have a relatively dry, but windy day, tomorrow.”