Over the past two days, a tropical system dumped a lot of water over Florida’s Gulf Coast. Tropical Storm Emily formed rapidly and with little warning for coastal residents. According to the Associated Press via ABC News, Governor Scott declared a state of emergency for 31 of 67 counties in the state as a safety measure.
Strong winds and dumping rain affected residents across the state. As many as 18,000 homes were and businesses were estimated to be without power. Fisherman had to be rescued after their boat capsized, and the Sunshine Skyway was shut down due to the high winds.
Today, Hillsborough County and Sarasota had locations open for residents to fill sandbags due to the flooding and drainage pumps not being able to keep up.
It looks like Emily has moved out to sea, but more rain is likely over this week.
ABC Action News, Tampa Bay’s ABC affiliate, reported families being forced out of their homes in Lakeland due to flooding. That’s a little less than half way through the I-4 corridor, or halfway across Tropical Emily’s path. You can read more about that here: http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/tropical-storm-emily-floods-family-out-of-their-home.
This serves as a good reminder that although we may be mid-way through Hurricane season, we still need to remain vigilant with evacuation plans and storm kits, which include:
At least a week’s worth of medication for each family member
If you believe your home or businesses suffered damage or have questions about your coverage, reach out to your agent.