News Cast 9/27

News Cast for September 27th:

Okeechobee County Schools will be closed Wednesday, September 28th.

Glades County Schools are closed Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.

IRSC to Close at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 27 and remain Closed through Wednesday, September 28th.

While the FWC is always concerned about Florida’s fish and wildlife resources, public safety is the agency’s number one priority, especially before, during and after hurricanes and tropical storms.   

The best way people can stay safe and help wildlife under storm conditions is to be alert and give wildlife their space. People should not attempt a wildlife rescue during or after a hurricane or tropical storm if that would place them in a potentially dangerous situation. 

The FWC works cooperatively with many partners throughout the state to assess and address the impacts of hurricanes and tropical storms on wildlife populations, wildlife habitats and Florida’s ecology. 

St. Lucie Public Schools Announces Hurricane Ian School Closures

      ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL: 

All St. Lucie Public Schools and district offices will be closed Wednesday, September 28th, and Thursday, September 29th due to Hurricane Ian.   

Furthermore, the College Fair scheduled for tonight at the Fenn Center is canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date. All other scheduled school based after-school activities will continue as planned for today. 

Updates will be provided through the district website, social media channels, local media, and automated phone messages.   

We look forward to welcoming all students and staff back to school on Friday, September 30th.

Hurricane Ian continues path toward Florida

A slight deviation east for Ian meaning we will likely see tropical storm conditions in Okeechobee and the listening area.

Kenansville is expecting up to a foot of rain.

Okeechobee County Commissioners declared a state of emergency this morning

Glades County declared one last night as did Hendry county.

Highlands County declared an emergency earlier in the day.

Schools are closed in Glades County through Thursday and in Okeechobee on Wednesday.

Okeechobee county spokesperson Denise Whitehead said everyone should make their last-minute preparations.

She said they did have concerns about localized flooding.

Glades County was concerned about flooding in areas like Palmdale, north to Venus and Muse.

Emergency Management director Marisa Shivers says they will likely have one shelter open at West Glades School at 5 pm on Tuesday.

The latest track of the storm had it hitting Venice in at 7 pm on September 28.

Sales at the Okeechobee Livestock Market are cancelled this week.

The biggest worry in the state is storm surge on the west coast.  They were evacuating areas in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

Head of the Florida National Guard Jim Iford talked about their biggest challenge.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said state officials have known for years how vulnerable Tampa Bay really is to a storm like this.

NW Okeechobee areas including Viking and the Kissimmee Prairie were in the cone at the 8 am briefing.    Okeechobee and surrounding counties are also in a tropical storm warning.

In other news a local man charged with victimizing three people by making over $20,000 of charges on their credit cards.

Multiple purchases are alleged dating back to May.

Christopher Singleton was charged with grand theft, and credit card fraud.  His bond was $300,000.

Two men were hospitalized after being shot in Pahokee on Bacom Road Monday afternoon.

Palm Beach deputies say they continue to investigate. Hurricane Ian continues path toward Florida

A slight deviation east for Ian meaning we will likely see tropical storm conditions in Okeechobee and the listening area.

Kenansville is expecting up to a foot of rain.

Okeechobee County Commissioners declared a state of emergency this morning

Glades County declared one last night as did Hendry county.

Highlands County declared an emergency earlier in the day.

Schools are closed in Glades County through Thursday and in Okeechobee on Wednesday.

Okeechobee county spokesperson Denise Whitehead said everyone should make their last-minute preparations.

She said they did have concerns about localized flooding.

Glades County was concerned about flooding in areas like Palmdale, north to Venus and Muse.

Emergency Management director Marisa Shivers says they will likely have one shelter open at West Glades School at 5 pm on Tuesday.

The latest track of the storm had it hitting Venice in at 7 pm on September 28.

Sales at the Okeechobee Livestock Market are cancelled this week.

The biggest worry in the state is storm surge on the west coast.  They were evacuating areas in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

Head of the Florida National Guard Jim Iford talked about their biggest challenge.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said state officials have known for years how vulnerable Tampa Bay really is to a storm like this.

NW Okeechobee areas including Viking and the Kissimmee Prairie were in the cone at the 8 am briefing.    Okeechobee and surrounding counties are also in a tropical storm warning.

In other news a local man charged with victimizing three people by making over $20,000 of charges on their credit cards.

Multiple purchases are alleged dating back to May.

Christopher Singleton was charged with grand theft, and credit card fraud.  His bond was $300,000.

Two men were hospitalized after being shot in Pahokee on Bacom Road Monday afternoon.

Palm Beach deputies say they continue to investigate.

Anyone with information about the shooting can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.

Anyone with information about the shooting can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.