Osceola County Report
POSTED: 4:47 pm EDT August 17, 2004
UPDATED: 4:22 pm EDT October 23, 2005
Winds of tropical storm force expected to arrive in St. Cloud at 5 a.m. Monday, peaking at 50 mph with gusts to 70 mph around the 11 a.m. hour, and dropping below tropical storm force by 5 p.m.
A state of emergency in St. Cloud will be declared at Sunday night.
The county will be issuing evacuation information Sunday for residents living in manufactured homes and low lying areas prone to flooding.
Osceola Schools will be close on Monday, Oct. 24. As student safety is paramount, Superintendent Blaine Muse has closed all Osceola public and charter schools on Monday, Oct. 24, due to Hurricane Wilma. No employees should report to work unless directed by their supervisor for emergency purposes.
Also, Kissimmee City Hall will be closed Monday, Oct. 24 and all non-essential employees do not need to report to work.
Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) offices will be closed for normal business on Monday, Oct. 24. An operations meeting will be held on Monday morning to determine hours of operation for the remainder of the week.
City of St. Cloud offices are closed Monday.
All Barry University sites throughout Central Florida and the Treasure Coast will be closed through Monday, October 24, due to Hurricane Wilma. This includes all programs in the Orlando and Treasure Coast areas, i.e. all sites throughout Brevard, Highlands, Martin, Orange, Osceola, Polk and St. Lucie counties. Barry University has also announced that all sites in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Lee, Collier, Highlands, Desoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties will be closed throughout Monday.
The City of Kissimmee Public Works Department is currently distributing free sandbags to residents until 7:00 p.m.
The city has already prepared 6,000 sandbags and has the capability to prepare another 30,000 if necessary.
The sandbags may be obtained at the Public Works service center located at 2201 Mabbette St., just behind the YMCA off Thacker Avenue.
Residents may pick-up no more than 12 sandbags per household.
The city asks recipients to supply valid ID to verify their address.
The EOC will be activated at 2 a.m. Monday and will remain operational until the threat from Hurricane Wilma ceases.