• Hurricane Alert Category 1-3

Currently Tracking: Hurricane Ian

City/Event Updates

  • Sandbags are available throughout the county at Roadway Maintenance Units. Locations below will be open from 7 AM – 5:30 PM each day, until weather conditions make it unsafe to be outside. Auburndale’s location is at 1701 Holt Road, Auburndale. Call (863) 965-5524 for more information.
  • Please do not place any additional brush or junk curbside in preparation for the potential storm. We encourage you to secure any loose debris. We are making every effort to collect scheduled brush and junk items that are currently on the ground.
  • Garbage and recycling will remain on schedule until otherwise stated. Please watch this page for any updates
  • Public schools in Polk County will be closed on Tuesday (Sept. 27) and Wednesday (Sept. 28) in response to Hurricane Ian. Full Press Release

Storm Updates (9-26-22)

  • The center of Hurricane Ian was located near latitude 18.7 North, longitude 82.4 West. Ian is moving toward the northwest near 14 mph. A turn toward the north-northwest is expected later today, followed by a northward motion on Tuesday with a slightly slower forward speed. A turn toward the north-northeast is forecast on Tuesday night or early Wednesday.  On the forecast track, the center of Ian is expected to pass near or west of the Cayman Islands today, and near or over western Cuba tonight and early Tuesday.  Ian will then emerge over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, pass west of the Florida Keys late Tuesday, and approach the west coast of Florida on Wednesday. Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph with higher gusts. Rapid strengthening is expected during the next day or so, and Ian is forecast to become a major hurricane tonight when it is near western Cuba. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km). The estimated minimum central pressure is 981 mb (28.97 inches) based on dropsonde data from the NOAA and Air Force Hurricane Hunters.


The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is the City of Auburndale’s base of command during any declared emergency situation. Representatives from each department join the EOC when it is in operation to manage the City’s resources and services during a natural or man-made disaster. Our Emergency Operations Center is typically activated to deal with the impact of hurricanes during the Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Local Resources

State & National Resources

Link to Florida State Emergency Response Team website

Hurricane Wind Scale

  • Category 1 (74-95 mph): Very dangerous winds will produce some damage
  • Category 2 (96-110 mph): Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage
  • Category 3 (111-129 mph): Devastating damage will occur
  • Category 4 (130-156 mph): Catastrophic damage will occur
  • Category 5 (157+ mph): Catastrophic damage will occur