FLORIDA — What’s happening today in Florida?
The news today is more than just a hurricane warning and tropical storm warning.
It’s a hurricane watch.
It includes a mandatory evacuation of Fort Collins and the surrounding area.
And it includes mandatory evacuations of many Fort Collins neighborhoods, including the neighborhoods around Fort Collins State Park.
The warning is the latest move by the National Hurricane Center in Florida to keep the public on the watchlist for storms as they develop.
That’s in addition to the warning issued earlier this week for Tropical Storm Joaquin, which has strengthened to a Category 4 storm and is expected to become a hurricane later this week.
Joaquin has the potential to become the most powerful hurricane in Florida history if it makes landfall early this week, with winds of 185 mph and sustained winds of 115 mph.
The National Hurricane Centre issued its latest tropical storm watch and warning for the Miami-Dade and Broward counties today.
Its tropical storm watches and warnings cover parts of Florida, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Florida Keys and Florida Panhandle.
As the tropical storm winds move inland, the National Weather Service says it is possible that a storm surge may occur in the coastal waters and that people could experience flooding.
Residents are urged to heed all warnings, including those issued by the national warning system, the NHC.
You can also follow the latest weather information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s hurricane center and the National Severe Storms Laboratory, both located in Norman, Okla.