Hurricane Irma: Lee County announces mandatory evacuations for …

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Clewiston residents are asked to use surface roads and local roads for travel and to avoid U.S. 27 if possible.

Mandatory evacuations expanded in Lee County

Lee County Expands Mandatory Evacuation Zones

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Lee Manager Desjarlais on evacuation calls: “It's just too damn big”

“We’re going to be on our own for about three days” while the storm bares down upon the area, he said.

A mandatory evacuation was also ordered for all people living in mobile and manufactured homes in the county.

At a news conference at Lee County’s Emergency Operations Center on Friday morning, Lee County Sheriff’s Tony Schall said deputies are going door to door in the Barrier Islands – telling people to leave.

2 am update: Florida starting to feel impact of Hurricane Irma; winds remain at 160 mph

9:00 AM: Lee EOC said they’re sheltering nearly 30,000 people and 1,700 pets.

More than 9000 evacuees and rising at Hillsborough County shelters as Irma approaches

 How does LCEC restore power after a storm?•After a storm has passed, LCEC quickly begins to assess the damage to the electric system.•LCEC then begins restoring power to essential services such as hospitals, traffic signals, shelters, communication centers and law enforcement.•Next, power is restored to the greatest number of customers in the least amount of time.•Finally, individual services or services that need to be reconnected after repair to the customer’s damaged electrical system are restored.

Lee County Hurricane Irma info

A tropical storm warning is in effect for:”On the southwest coast, the area that we’re most concerned about, the storm surges from Cape Sable to Captiva we could see eight to twelve feet of inundation. That’s life threatening storm surge flooding”, said Michael Brennan, Branch Chief of the Hurricane Specialists Unit of the National Hurricane Center. 
More: Hurricane Irma: Information on shelters, evacuations, boaters in Lee County

Downtown Fort Myers is preparing for Hurricane Irma. Thyrie Bland/The News-Press

4.     Oak Hammock Middle School,  5321 Tice St., Fort Myers                                              

► Bonita Springs communities along Estero Bay and the Imperial River Basin► Estero west of U.S. 41, north of the Estero River
TAMPA (FOX 13) – Hillsborough County is ordering all residents in Zone A to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma. All special needs and mobile home residents should also evacuate. Officials recommend Zone B residents to begin evacuating.

Many residents in the area have already evacuated. However, some made the last minute decision to stay.

2. Varsity Lakes Middle School, 801 Gunnery Road., Lehigh Acres 3. Harns Marsh Middle School, 1820 Unice Ave. N., Lehigh Acres 4. Oak Hammock Middle School, 5321 Tice St., Fort Myers 5. Island Coast High School, 2125 De Navarra Pkwy., Cape Coral 6. South Ft. Myers High School, 14020 Plantation Road., Fort Myers 7. Estero Rec Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Road., EsteroThe City of Sanibel declared a mandatory evacuation beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, and a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night starting at 10 p.m. Friday.

Article Photos Zone B is colored in orange in the map.People located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions.  Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials.

The following shelters were opened for evacuees at 9 a.m. Friday:MAP: Hillsborough evacuation zone map (PDF)(Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Saturday, September 9, 2017 11:59am

A storm surge warning is in effect for: State Sen. Darryl Rouson (D-Tampa, St. Petersburg) told his constituents to avoid underestimating the storm.8:30 AM: Despite previous reports of Germain Arena not accepting pets, pets are now welcome at all shelters. Evacuees must bring crates or at least have pets on leashes. Germain Arena advises they don’t have pet-sheltering capabilities, however, no one will be turned away as long as they still have room.

The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office says it will be checking for reentry cards,  identification or proof that you work on the island before allowing you back on.

What Hurricane Irma Could Mean For Florida Sugar By Jessica Meszaros • Sep 7, 2017 Public Domain/Pixabay/sarangib Florida’s sugar is ready to be harvested in about three weeks. It’s a more than $3 billion industry in the state spanning from Hendry County to Palm Beach County. With Hurricane Irma expected to make landfall in South Florida this weekend, University of Florida’s Gene McAvoy says the sugarcane should survive the storm.

Residents in Estero west of U.S. 41 and north of the Estero River are also under a mandatory evacuation order, as are communities in Bonita Springs along Estero Bay and in the Imperial River Basin.

Zone A includes some 25,000 residents of Cape Coral west of Burnt Store Rd. and south of Cape Coral Pkwy., east of Del Prado Blvd. to Viscaya Pkwy. Zone A also includes the Bay Shore Rd. corridor of North Fort Myers from Moody Rd. to SR 31 and areas south of North River Rd. from SR 31 to Fichters Creek.Below is the list of shelters now open to residents:

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