When hurricane shuttles are replaced, trees will be replaced
Tropical Storm Jonas will not hit Florida and other southern states during its second day of sustained winds and flooding, but its impact is expected to be severe, with some trees down and others in danger of falling.
Rick Scott (R) on Tuesday (Sept. 17) announced a state of emergency for the state, with the state’s emergency manager saying the storm has caused severe flooding in some areas and a possible death toll.
Ted Strickland (R), the state climatologist, said he expects the storm to cause up to 40 percent of Florida’s tree canopy to be destroyed in Florida by the end of the day.
“This is going to be a really difficult situation to manage and to control,” Strickly said on “The Kelly File” on Fox News Channel.
He added that he’s worried about Florida’s trees.
“I think if we don’t do something, it’s going to lead to catastrophic tree loss.
That’s going be a challenge.”””
We’re going back to a forest-based ecosystem and a tree-based landscape.
That’s going be a challenge.””
If you look at the trees in the middle of this forest, they are not the same trees that you’d see on a farm, or on a ranch,” Strankly added.
“You’re going up a hill, and you see a tree and it looks like it’s a big tree.
The storm will cause significant flooding along Florida’s coastline, which is expected by Wednesday.
The National Weather Service said it expects about 1.2 inches of rain to fall over parts of the state over the next day, which would be enough to submerge a large portion of the island.”
This storm is going be an immediate and catastrophic threat to life and property in our state,” Scott said in a statement.
Scott said Florida residents should stay home as he has ordered federal aid for the affected area to be distributed, which he said would be a “game changer” for Florida’s recovery efforts.
On Monday, Florida Gov.-elect Phil Scott (D) ordered the state to implement mandatory evacuation orders for its communities as Irma moves toward the Sunshine State.
Florida will receive an additional $2 billion in federal aid from the federal government.
A new Florida National Guard base was established Monday near Jacksonville and is slated to open in two weeks.
The base is the first to be established in the state since the 2010 Superstorm Sandy.
At the same time, Scott also announced a new state of disaster, and declared a state-of-emergency in Florida.
Scott said Florida will be “under an unprecedented threat” with Hurricane Jonas and its destructive winds expected to cause damage to the state and beyond.
The storm is forecast to hit Florida on Thursday and Friday and is expected move across the state in a few days.
Florida’s Department of Emergency Management (DEM) said on Tuesday it would work with FEMA and other agencies to coordinate evacuations for those affected.
The Florida National WeatherService said it will continue to track the storm, which will be a Category 3 hurricane by Wednesday morning.