Apopka Encourages Residents to Prepare for Stormy Weather

The City of Apopka encourages residents to take time this weekend to prepare for the possibility of heavy rain and high winds created by Tropical Storm Erika.

Although the track of the storm is widely uncertain as of Friday afternoon, the worst of its impacts could occur here sometime Monday and Tuesday. The forecast also calls for likely thunderstorms tonight, a chance of stormy weather Saturday and a 70 percent chance of showers on Sunday.

The City of Apopka will continue to provide sandbags to local residents from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Public Services facility yard located at the corner of South Highland Avenue and East 8th Street. The entrance to the yard is off of Highland just south of the city fueling site. A limit of 10 bags with sand will be available per recipient while supplies last.

Monitor local news media, weather and government information for updates of the storm forecast. Weather radios, which cost as little as $20, also provide important notification of severe weather events.

Residents and businesses in flood-prone areas should make preparations for plenty of rain. The city also recommends putting together basic disaster supply kits well in advance of a big storm.

Kits should include enough food, water, medicines and other supplies to sustain every member of a household for 72 hours in case utility service is disrupted in this area. Call (407) 703-1757 with non-emergency weather concerns.

Because of the potential for Tropical Storm Erika, the City of Apopka has postponed the swearing-in ceremony for new Police Chief Michael McKinley from Monday to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3. The event will take place at the Apopka Community Center, 519 S Central Ave.

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