COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -- County officials declared a civil emergency at 6 a.m. Sunday morning as tropical storm force wind gusts began blowing into the County.
The Bureau of Emergency Management asked that all Collier County residents shelter in place until after the storm passes.
Tropical storm winds are considered to be 39 mph to 73 mph.
Collier County emergency vehicles were pulled from the road at 7 a.m.
Marco Island Police and Marco Island Fire Rescue Departments have followed suit, placing their personnel assets in safe shelters at 7:30am and are no longer responding to calls for service until the winds reduce.
Florida Highway Patrol has also announced that troopers are being pulled off the roads due to deteriorating conditions.
The Collier County Information Hotline remains active 24-hours a day. Residents with questions may call the Hotline at (239) 252-8444 (within Collier County residents may dial 311).