The City of Punta Gorda in Florida will suspend all emergency services once sustained winds reach an excess of 45 miles per hour, according to a statement released Tuesday night.
“Emergency and non-emergency phone lines will still be open for calls, but police and fire response will not be possible until the storm has passed,” the statement noted.
The statement said that once it's safe, the emergency calls will be answered in order of priority.
"There may be serious delays in response even after the storm has passed depending on damage, road blockage, and flood waters,” the city added.
Punta Gorda is in southwest Florida, about 100 miles south of Tampa.