Hurricane Updates


Hurricane-force winds moving into the area Sunday evening 9:00 PM through Monday morning 5:00 AM. Tropical force winds will prevail Monday afternoon throughout the evening.

Current Hurricane Conditions

  • The anticipated rainfall is 10-20 inches
  • The County EOC is at level 1 and will remain, staffing through the storm. Schools will be closed Monday, September 11 and Tuesday September 12.
  • Polk County currently has 20 shelters open with roughly 7,200 people

City Response

  • The City fully activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 12:00 PM.
  • Public Works has debris removal conference call scheduled on Tuesday to assess the amount of damage and will be gearing up for debris and monitor vendors to be onsite and active by the weekend. This will allow residents time to place debris at the street.
  • Due to elevated wind speeds Response Crews from My Lakeland Electric, City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation, Public Works, and Water were brought in from the field at 4:30 PM. At this point we are no longer able to response to calls for service. 

Public Safety

Lakeland Police Department & Lakeland Fire Department will respond to calls for service until wind speeds reach an unsafe level (45+ mph).

Citywide Impacts

  • We currently have 7758 Lakeland Electric customer accounts without power and at least 315 known outage events.
  • Numerous downed trees resulting in power outages
  • 3 Downed trees blocking both lanes of traffic
  • Several Lift stations out of power
  • Several Lift stations are running on generator power
  • Master station at Airport running on generator power
  • Georgetown Mobile home park lift station close to capacity
  • Minor Traffic signal outages