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Collier county prepares for Tropical Storm Eta

Posted at 1:30 AM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 01:30:29-05

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — The Collier county Bureau of Emergency Services is preparing for the arrival of Tropical Storm Eta.

The county is closing schools, in person and virtual, for Monday as well as canceling trash pickup on Marco Island and county bus services (C.A.T).

"We've got all of our agencies on standby," says Dan Summers, Director of the Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services. "Everybody is prepared for some intermitted power outages tonight. We hope they are brief and that’s the worst-case scenario. (We may see) a little bit of light debris we might have to address on Monday.

If your power goes out, Summers says to contact Florida Power and Light or Lee County Co-Op services directly through their outage line.

Road debris also might be an issue if trees fall.

"If you see roads that are blocked, not minor debris, we’ll get to the minor debris, but if there’s any major road blockage than advise our 911 services. They’ll make sure the fire rescue personnel and law enforcement are aware," says Summers.

Summers says its best to stay in tonight as Eta passes through the area.

"Be safe tonight, stay home tonight, and stay off the roads is the best thing to do," says Summers.

Emergency officials are encouraging residents to sign up for Allert Collier. That is a notification system that will bring you the updates and changes in the County as a result of the storm.

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