Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is encouraging everyone in Duval County to stay alert and informed as Hurricane Michael makes its way toward Florida's Gulf Coast.
“Jacksonville is not under any watch or warning. Our emergency operation center, as with all storms, has been monitoring this and will continue to monitor this,” said Curry in a Monday afternoon briefing..
Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for 35 counties. The only greater Jacksonville area county on the list is Baker.
Public work crews along with directors and representatives from other city agencies – like JSO, JFDR, JSO – met Monday morning.
Jacksonville Emergency Operation Center (EOC) Director Steve Woodward said crews have checked equipment, generators, and mutual aid agreements in preparation for power outages. Jacksonville Transportation Authority buses are continuing to operate on a normal schedule.
Woodward said he hasn’t been notified about any influx of evacuees into Jacksonville at this point.
The Mayor cancelled his chamber trip Tuesday to Denver and said he will stay in Jacksonville throughout the weekend. To maintain regular communication with Gov. Rick Scott and remain ready to assist.
Curry is encouraging Jacksonville residents pick up a copy of the city’s emergency preparedness guide, which is available in English and Spanish at Jacksonville public libraries and Jaxready.com.
The National Hurricane Center expects Michael to move inland in the Panhandle or Big Bend on Wednesday, and then move northeast Wednesday night and Thursday across the Southeast U.S.