Hurricane Irma as it relates to Southwest Florida: What we know now

Hurricane Irma as it relates to Southwest Florida: What we know now
Hurricane Irma will force Lee County school to figure out make-up days
Collier County Commission declares a state of emergency and has given the manager power to order an evacuation as needed.Lee County Hurricane Irma info2017-09-09T07:40:23Z2017-09-09T07:40:23ZLatest Hurricane Irma information for Lee County.

Collier County Hurricane Irma info

Ahead of Hurricane Irma, residents have stocked up on essentials like water. There were no cases of bottled water to be found at Lowe’s Foods on Friday.

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Amy Oshier shares a report from a RaceTrac gas station located at Colonial and Winkler Blvd in Fort Myers where she reports there is gas available at every pump as of 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Amy Oshier/Naples Daily News

Collier emergency officials speak about the latest updates on Hurricane Irma Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Greg Stanley/Naples Daily News

Collier County orders evacuation of all homes west and south of US 41

Southwest Florida braces as worst-case scenario appears more likely
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>Latest Hurricane Irma information for Lee County.

Despite new predictions showing an eastward shift in the path of Hurricane Irma, Lee County officials say they are still preparing for the impact.Here are some of our readers’ inquiries and our responses, with help from Daily News staff. 

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“It’s very unfortunate that it has come to this,” said County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass. “We were hoping five days ago the track would continue east, currently it is coming west a little more towards Lee County and Southwest Florida.”

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Sam's Club on Immokalee Road has gas, but the line is very long.With heavy rains that left many areas of Southwest Florida flooded last week, the additional rains that Irma would likely bring are a concern. Desjarlais said water levels were down and that Lee DOT personnel were working to clear all drainage areas in advance of the storm. The county manager encouraged residents stay prepared but take some solace in the experience that Florida has with hurricane preparedness.

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>Mandatory evacuations have started in Southwest Florida.”Situational awareness, listen to the news, listen to the radio, pay attention on the computer, on the phone,” he said. “See what the storm’s doing.”

Mandatory evacuations expanded for areas of Collier County

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Lee Officials: Don't let track shift give false sense of security
Lee Officials: Don't let track shift give false sense of security

• North Naples Middle School, 16165 Learning Lane, Naples, Florida, 34110 (no pets) • Eden Park Elementary School, 3650 Westclox Street, Immokalee, Florida 34142 (no pets)Colleen Wixon, Nicole Rodriguez and Emily Bohatch contributed to this report.

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The county opened shelters at 9 a.m this morning as it began the mandatory evacuation of barrier islands like Sanibel. While there is no penalty for refusing to leave during a mandatory evacuation, Lee County Sheriff’s deputies have been going door to door alerting residents who choose to stay that the situation could become very dangerous and that emergency personnel would not be able to assist them during the storm.

As the now-Category 4 storm churns toward South Florida, Lee school officials will be working with local emergency management officials as well as the state Department of Education to monitor the storm’s path and damage.

More: Hurricane Irma: Shelter at Gulf Coast High School at capacity“It certainly helps because it was in emergency and we didn’t have time to schedule a City Council meeting and get everyone to vote on it,” Bressner said. “We needed to act. The welfare of the public was at stake.”

FORT MYERS, Fla. Mandatory evacuation orders were expanded Friday afternoon for areas of Collier County, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

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More: Hurricane Irma: Mandatory evacuations for some areas west of U.S. 41 in Lee CountyCollier County Hurricane Irma info2017-09-09T08:15:18Z2017-09-08T19:08:56Z2017-09-09T08:15:18ZLatest Hurricane Irma information for Collier County.

Florida Governor Rick Scott spoke about Hurricane Irma and job growth while visiting Pyure, an independent stevia sweetener company, Tuesday, September 5, 2017 in Naples. Luke Franke/Naples Daily News

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“That should not give anyone a false sense of security,” said Desjarlais. “This storm is as wide as the state of Florida is long. This hurricane would have to shift way offshore into the Atlantic, by hundreds of miles before we would be out of danger…This storm is unprecedented in size and intensity. I’ve been working hurricanes in Lee County and around the state of Florida for the last 35 years or so and have not seen one quite like this.”Please log in, or sign up for a new account to continue reading.

Evacuations in Southwest Florida2017-09-08T19:11:43Z2017-09-07T17:57:27Z2017-09-08T19:11:43ZMandatory evacuations have started in Southwest Florida.

“It would seem pretty tone deaf to fire someone for protecting themselves or their family,” he said. “You have to balance what’s best for you.”

“If we determine there’s a threat to public health and safety, we can start actually doing things to mitigate it. We can spend money that we normally have to go before the council to ask permission for.”

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Hurricane Irma 2 pm update: Storm now at 175 mph, moving toward west-northwest

For more information about the special needs shelter in Collier County call 239-252-8809.

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Commissioner Pendergrass said that while he had hoped the area would be spared the worst of the storm, he was confidant that the county was a ready a possible for a hurricane of Irma’s magnitude.More: Brent Batten: Hurricane Harvey helped Floridians get jump on Irma readiness

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But some shelves remained empty and store associates were often at the whim of supply trucks. The Super Target near Immokalee Road and Interstate 75 in North Naples had run out of water by Thursday afternoon and employees were unsure whether trucks would bring more overnight.

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Hurricane Irma: What to do to protect pets and livestock in Collier

Lines formed outside two Grill & Fill locations in Naples when their doors opened Thursday morning. Throughout the day, lines varied in size as people waited for propane gas.

Hurricane Irma will force Lee County school to figure out make-up days
Hurricane Irma will force Lee County school to figure out make-up days

Marco Island issued mandatory evacuations, but many residents have already left the island, said Dave Baer, assistant police chief. Joey Cranney/ Naples Daily NewsShelters for Hurricane Irma opened in Lee County and residents flocked to take advantage of the facilities made available Bill Smith/The News-PressShoppers line up with supplies at Sam's Club in North Naples on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, in advance of Hurricane Irma.

To ensure drivers are able to fuel up as they evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma, patrol cars are providing escorts to gas trucks to make sure supplies can safely get to stations. USA TODAY

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