Bradenton is out of Dorian’s path. But don’t take your eye off the storm, officials say

With the Bradenton area fully outside of the projected track for Hurricane Dorian, Manatee County officials say they no longer plan to open shelters.

In a press release sent Saturday afternoon, a county official announced the changes to the county’s emergency plans.

“Thankfully, Hurricane Dorian tracked eastward again and Manatee County is no longer in the project path of the storm as of 11 a.m. this morning,” said Emergency Management Chief Steve Litschauer.

In recent days, meteorologist have adjusted their projections for the hurricane. It is no longer expected to make landfall in Florida, but it may still deliver hurricane force winds along the east coast.

Manatee is no longer expected to feel any tropical storm force winds. Even though the forecast made a favorable change for the Tampa Bay area, public safety officials are still urging residents to remain vigilant.

“It’s been an unpredictable storm and it could make a left turn just like it took a right turn, so our residents should continue to monitor the forecast by watching reliable news sources and following the county’s social media account,” Litschauer said.

As a result of the official forecast, the county has de-escalated the Emergency Operations Center and canceled a press conference that was scheduled for noon on Sunday.

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The latest storm advisory for Hurricane Dorian has Manatee County fully outside of the cone of uncertainty. Public safety officials announced that they won’t be opening emergency shelters Saturday afternoon. National Hurricane Center

The School District of Manatee County also announced its decision to reverse the cancellation of school athletic events and practices on Monday and Tuesday. Regular school operations will resume Tuesday, district officials announced Saturday afternoon.

“This is great news for all of our students, parents, employees and community, however our thoughts and prayers are with anyone that is still in the path of this powerful storm,” said Superintendent Cynthia Saunders.

The Bradenton area is still likely to see showers and thunderstorms over the weekend, according to the a National Weather Service forecast. Sunday should be mostly sunny with a high of 93 degrees, but there’s a 60 percent chance of rain after 5 p.m. Meteorologists say Labor Day should also be sunny, with similar chances of rain.

Anyone with questions regarding the storm may still call the Manatee County Citizens Information Center at (941) 749-3547, County Administrator Cheri Coryea said.

The county also announced that there will be no changes to the holiday waste collection schedule. Due to the Labor Day holiday, trash collection will be postponed for one day for residents in unincorporated Manatee.

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Ryan Callihan is the Bradenton Herald’s County Reporter, covering local government and politics. On the weekends, he also covers breaking news. Ryan is a graduate of USF St. Petersburg.
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