Officials urge residents to prepare for Dorian

Residents fill sand bags in preparation for Hurricane Dorian.

Osceola County officials on Thursday urged residents to prepare for the landfall of Hurricane Dorian late this weekend.

The forecast is for the storm to be a major hurricane (Category 4) as it approaches Florida, with a slowing forward motion. It is forecast to turn west-northwest as it approaches the northwestern Bahamas on Saturday.

While it is still too early to determine specific impacts, based on the current forecast the area can expect:

• Significant impacts from Dorian are most likely to occur from late this weekend through Monday.

•Destructive winds may extend far inland along and near the track of the hurricane.

•Outer rain bands with gusty winds and heavy rain in squalls will occur ahead of the main impacts.

•Hurricane Watches will likely be issued this evening or early Friday.

 The Emergency Operations Center moved to Level 2 (Partial Activation) Thursday. The EOC will move to Level 1 Activation on Saturday.

In addition to checking supplies and plans, officials said now is a good time to verify key service providers – such as your power company. Having that contact information in advance will help you in the need of power restoration after the storm passes as this is not a government function.

While no decisions have been made, shelter planning is in progress for the forecast track of the storm.

•The Department of Health will activate the Special Needs Shelter on Saturday afternoon for those who are registered. Residents with questions should call the Citizens Information Center at 407-742-0000.

·          Sandbag operations began today at county and municipal locations and will continue tomorrow

·          A local State of Emergency was approved on Wednesday.

·          The Citizen Information Center (407-742-0000) is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

SANDBAG LOCATIONS

Unincorporated Osceola County Residents:

Hours of Operation:

Today (08-29-19): 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday (08-30-19): 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Road & Bridge Department – Kissimmee: 1698 S. Hoagland Boulevard in Kissimmee, 34741

Poinciana Library: 101 N. Doverplum Avenue in Poinciana, 34758

Celebration Community Field Complex: 319 Campus Street in Celebration 34747

Holopaw Community Center: 8801 Community Center Road in Holopaw, 34773

Kenansville Community Center:  1154 S. Canoe Creek Road in Kenansville, 34739

Osceola Heritage Park, (Shakerag Road): 1211 Shakerag Road, Kissimmee FL 34744

BVL: Archie Gordon Memorial Park, 420 Buenaventura Blvd. Kissimmee FL 34743

  • There is a 25-bag limit and help is available for those unable to fill the bags themselves.

 

City of Kissimmee Residents:

Corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard & Alaska Avenue (vehicle must enter from MLK Blvd)

Hours of Operation:

  • Today (08-29-19): noon to 6 p.m.
  • Friday (08-30-19): 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 12 bags per household. Proof of residency required -- City of Kissimmee residents only please

City of St. Cloud Residents:

St. Cloud Civic Center: 3003 17th Street, Civic Center (entrance on 17th street)

Hours of Operation:                   

  • Today (08-29-19): 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday (08-30-19): 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • City residents will be required to provide proof of residency in the form of a picture ID or utility bill in order to collect sandbags.
  • City residents will receive 12 sandbags and ties each, and will fill them themselves. The City will provide 6 shovels at the site.

For more information: citizens are encouraged to visit our website at

http://www.osceola.org, keyword #dorian or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/osceolacountyfl. To speak with an Osceola County representative, call the Citizen Information Center at 407.742.0000.