TAVARES — The following is a morning update from the Lake County Emergency Operations Center (new information in bold):
• Sand and bags are available at Lake County Fire Station #10, located at 23023 State Road 40 in Astor. Residents need to bring their own shovels. Sandbags are limited to 20 per household.
• The Lake County Emergency Operations Center activated at a level II, partial activation, at 7 a.m. Thursday.
• The Citizens Information Line (352-253-9999) is available to answer questions about Tropical Storm Fay. On Monday-Wednesday, the Citizens Information Line answered 1,787 calls.
• Emergency Management officials encourage motorists to exercise caution on wet roads. If the road surface is covered by standing water, motorists are asked to turn around. Driving through standing water is dangerous as tires can lose contact with the road and cause hydroplaning. In addition, motorists are encouraged to double the distance they leave between their car and the car in front of them, as wet roads increase stopping distances. If steering becomes unresponsive due to the rain, ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually.
• The District 4 informational budget meeting scheduled for tonight at Round Lake Elementary School has been cancelled. A makeup meeting will be scheduled at a later date.
• Lake County Schools are open today.
• All government offices, Health Department clinics and early voting locations are open today.
• Lake County’s public transportation system, LakeXpress, and Lake County’s paratransit service, Lake County Connection, are open today.
For more storm information, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov or call the Citizens Information Line at (352) 253-9999.