Emergency operations, emergency shelters open, schools closed ahead of expected midweek hurricane landfall

The pending arrival of Tropical Storm Idalia will open the state’s disaster-related information center and close or curtail school operations Monday in at least two counties.

A flurry of preparations was announced Sunday as Tropical Depression No. 10 became Tropical Storm Idalia, projected to make landfall on Florida’s Gulf Coast sometime early Wednesday.

Besides the Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee going to a 24-hour schedule starting at 7 a.m., Monday, the state has started to move resources into place, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced from the center Sunday afternoon.

“There’s a lot that can happen,” DeSantis said, noting that Hurricane Ian did

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