Gov. DeSantis Signs Executive Order to Declare State of Emergency in Impact Areas in Fred’s Path

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Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 21-190 regarding Tropical Depression Fred, which expected to make landfall in Florida in the coming days.

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 21-190 regarding Tropical Depression Fred, which expected to make landfall in Florida in the coming days.

This issues a State of Emergency to all of the following counties:

Bay, Calhoun, Citrus, Dixie, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsdsen, Gilchrist, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Manatee, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton and Washington counties.

Below is the Executive Order:

WHEREAS, as of 5:00 PM EDT on August 13, 2021, Tropical Depression Fred was located 210 miles east-southeast of Key West, Florida; and

WHEREAS, the National Hurricane Center reported Tropical Depression Fred has maximum sustained winds of approximately 35 miles per hour and is expected to strengthen to tropical storm strength as it approaches the Florida Keys; and

WHEREAS, the National Hurricane Center predicts Tropical Depression Fred could affect the Florida Keys and portions of the South Florida Peninsula as early as Friday, August 13; and

WHEREAS, there is a risk of heavy rainfall, flash flooding, riverine flooding, strong winds, hazardous seas with potential coastal flooding, and the potential for isolated tornadic activity for the Florida Keys, South Florida and much of Florida’s Gulf Coast; and

WHEREAS, there is an increasing flooding and wind threat to the Florida Big Bend and inland counties in North Florida; and

WHEREAS, certain State facilities have recently experienced flooding, which could be exacerbated by heavy rainfall caused by Tropical Depression Fred and require emergency assistance; and

WHEREAS, the threat posed by Tropical Depression Fred requires that timely precautions are taken to protect the communities, critical infrastructure, and the people of Florida; and

WHEREAS, as Governor, I am responsible to meet the dangers presented to Florida and its people by this emergency.