Tropical Storm Ian approaches South Florida: Gas stations and grocery stores almost empty as residents concerned about their safety

BROWARD COUNTY, Florida – As Tropical Storm Ian continues to churn and strengthen to our south, people in South Florida continue to make preparations and clean the shelves of local grocery stores.

Governor Ron DeSantis announced a state of emergency for 24 Florida counties, including Monroe, Miami-Dade, and Broward, on Friday, as Tropical Storm Ian is expected to intensify into a dangerous hurricane.

Edward Williams, who was purchasing goods for disabled family members, told Local 10 News that his storm pack was already prepared.

Williams stated, “I already know what a hurricane can do.”

Many South Florida residents came directly from work in an effort to beat the weekend crowds, in response to emergency management officials’ call to “get ready now.”

Lequisha Reynolds declared, “It’s crazy.” “I have to acquire smaller mini fans, portable fans.”

Officials are asking the public to assemble a hurricane kit that includes a three-day supply of water and food for all members of the family, including pets.

“It is too early to determine the exact effects of Tropical Depression Nine, but we must prepare for the worst to safeguard the safety of our community,” stated Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.

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