2020 Hurricane Season

Jennie McKeon/WUWF Public Meda

Debris cleanup from Hurricane Sally is still underway as another storm is expected to roll in Friday night. 

In Santa Rosa and Escambia counties, piles of debris are lined up in front of neighborhoods and businesses. Local officials are urging citizens to be patient as crews work to remove debris or secure their debris to mitigate further damage. 

In Escambia County, residents can drop off debris at these locations:

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The clean-up from Hurricane Sally has opened up some job opportunities in the area. 

“They’re talking about pretty long days, 12 hours a day for seven days a week,” said Andrew Neilson, part of the first group of applicants leaving a job fair at the Escambia County Central Office Complex Monday afternoon. He says this first meeting at the job fair is a screen process for the potential new hires. “They are taking applications right now, just getting some basic information, and then they are going to be sending out an application probably in the next 24 to 48 hours.”

Florida Division of Emergency Management

And we're off!

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has officially begun and families are again being advised to prepare in the event of a storm. However, things this year are just a bit different.

“We are switching gears and telling everybody that we don’t know (what the situation will be) with the COVID, so you probably ought to plan for seven days.”

National Hurricane Center

With another active hurricane season expected beginning June 1st, Florida emergency management officials are taking into account a massive new factor: the coronavirus.

Speaking last week in Sarasota, Gov. Ron DeSantis said it’s not known how the virus will react a month from now or three months from now; but we have to assume that it’s going to be with us in some capacity.

He added that they’re working with FEMA in preparing for the six-month season.