Gulf Co. Prepares for Hurricane Irma; Declares Emergency

GULF COUNTY, Fla. - Storm preparations are underway in Gulf County as Hurricane Irma churns across the Atlantic.

On Wednesday the dangerous storm pushed Gulf County Commissioners to declare a local state of emergency.

Local resident LeClaire Bryan said she's prepared.

"Be prepared.The Governor of Florida - everybody is saying be prepared," said Bryan.

Gulf County officials hope more residents are doing the same.

"What we're doing is planning on a hurricane that would come up the West Coast of Florida - because we think that would be our worst case scenario," said Gulf County Emergency Management Director Marshall Nelson.

County officials hope for the best, but are preparing for the worst.

"A lot of what we're looking at preparing for is to evacuate people, and then afterwards to get people back in," said Nelson.

As of Wednesday, no evacuations have been ordered in Gulf County.

Nelson said it's too early to tell.

"Even looking at the five and the seven-day forecast, it's still, quite a ways out when you're looking at that kind of data because anything can change," said Nelson.

He still urges residents to gas up and stock up on canned goods and water; even if there's no exact direction of where Irma will go right now.

"I think that's going to be the most important, when they do tell us which way they think it's going, and then we can make the next decision. But right now, I'm prepared," said Bryan.

Gulf County officials expect to have more data on Hurricane Irma by Friday.

Depending on where the storm goes; they'll order an evacuation if need be.

News 13 will have those updates once it's available.

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