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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Marion County Emergency Management continues to monitor Tropical Storm Nicole

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management is continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Nicole as the system moves out of Marion County.

Tropical Storm Nicole November 10 2022 4 p.m. update from National Hurricane Center
The forecast track for Tropical Storm Nicole as of 4 p.m. on Thursday (Image courtesy of the National Hurricane Center)

As of 4 p.m. on Thursday, Tropical Storm Nicole was located around 105 miles north-northwest of Tampa and approximately 95 miles southeast of Tallahassee, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm, which now has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, is heading northwest at a speed of 15 mph.

Due to the impact of Nicole, emergency crews are currently responding to reports of downed trees, road closures, and power outages across Marion County.

The Citizens Information Line remains open at 352-369-7500 for questions, and residents are urged to use this line for any non-emergency questions related to Tropical Storm Nicole. For any emergencies, call 911.

Any power outages should be reported to the organizations responsible for restoring it:

  • Ocala Electric Utility: 352-351-6666.
  • Ocala Fiber Network: 352-414-7593.
  • Duke Energy: 1-800-228-8485.
  • SECO: 1-800-732-6141.
  • Clay Electric: 1-888-434-9844.
  • TECO: 1-877-832-6747.

Emergency Management officials are also encouraging residents to click here to sign up for the alert notification system, Alert Marion.

Through Alert Marion, residents can receive the most up-to-date information and warnings on severe storms, tornadoes, and other life-endangering events that may occur in Marion County. Notifications will be sent directly to your mobile device via text messaging, email, or phone call.

For more information, visit the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.