Gov. DeSantis: Plan on Delays When Storm Passes As Bridges Are Inspected

Susan Jones | September 27, 2022 | 10:50am EDT
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Probable path of Hurricane Ian, as posted by NOAA's National Hurricane Center.
Probable path of Hurricane Ian, as posted by NOAA's National Hurricane Center.

( - "There could be more wobbles" as Hurricane Ian approaches Florida, but there's no doubt that this major, slow-moving storm will cause massive flooding and disruption for millions of Floridians, Gov. Ron DeSantis told a news conference Tuesday morning.

The eye of the hurricane may have shifted a bit south of Tampa Bay, and some models now have it cutting across South Florida, into the Atlantic Ocean. But wherever it goes, there will be "major impacts," DeSantis said, urging everyone to keep a close eye on the weather and "heed the advice of your local officials."

Millions of Floridians along the Gulf Coast are under evacuation orders.

And even after the hurricane moves out, Floridians can expect delays getting back to their homes. DeSantis said when sustained winds reach 40 miles an hour, local law enforcement will close the many bridges spanning Florida's rivers, inlets and bays:

"Once the storm passes, the bridges will be open, but they will be evaluated for integrity and safety, because you don't want, if there's something that happened, to put people over bridges that aren't safe."

"So really, from Southwest Florida into the Tampa Bay area, we've got a lot of bridges getting in and out of these communities, and they're all going to be evaluated, and we want to make sure that they're safe and still sound, which we anticipate that they will be, but, you know, this is a significant storm, some of them that may be a little lower, there'll be water pushing up, so just a lot of factors.

"But that will happen, so just plan on when the storm passes, there may be a short period of time when that is being evaluated, and that's just being done for people's safety."

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