The Town of Palm Beach and the rest of Palm Beach County are currently outside of the cone of uncertainty of Hurricane Ian as of the 11:00AM update from the National Weather Service. This is a move in the right direction for the Town, but our local area will still be impacted by the fringes of this very large storm. There is a 46% chance that Palm Beach will be subjected to tropical storm force winds most likely occurring Wednesday September 28 at 1:00 PM. The winds that are expected to arrive with the storm also greatly increases the risks for rip currents. While it is still too early to determine where the heaviest rainfall totals will occur, widespread rainfall totals of 4-10” are possible as Ian moves northward, even over much of the Florida Peninsula. Heavier rainfall totals up to 15” are possible near the center of the forecast track. Flood Watches may be issued for much of the state by Wednesday.
The Florida Department of Health is working with emergency managers statewide to prepare for any impacts to communities and reminds Floridians to have enough of prescriptions on hand in the event pharmacies are temporarily unavailable. Under a State of Emergency, Floridians are permitted to receive early prescription refills regardless of typical limits after, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 22-219, expanding the State of Emergency statewide, as Tropical Depression Nine has strengthened into Hurricane Ian.
Town officials are advising the public to stay up to date on this dynamic weather event, sign up for Town of Palm Beach Alerts and to make sure to stay to connected to local weather resources.
For more information, please stay connected by visiting the Town of Palm Beach Website at www.TownofPalmBeach.com and signing up for Town of Palm Beach Alerts.