Hurricane Ian is on a dangerous collision course with Florida, so public officials are issuing evacuation orders before it arrives to get the most vulnerable out of harm’s way before it’s too late.
Although Ian is expected to reach Category 4 strength, most evacuations actually come from the threat of storm surge flooding, so evacuations might be ordered even if the eye of the storm isn’t expected to pass over your area. That’s because water, from storm surge and rainfall flooding, is responsible for 88 percent of all deaths from tropical cyclones like hurricanes.
So take any and all evacuation orders seriously. If you or your family lives in Florida, check your zone to see if the following evacuation orders apply to you.
Charlotte County Emergency Management has issued evacuation orders for residents in Zone A – Red areas. This includes those living on the barrier islands as well as residents in any zone living in mobile homes and trailers.
A voluntary evacuation order is in effect immediately for low-lying areas, mobile and manufactured homes and areas west of Highway 19, closest to the coast. County officials said the order would become mandatory by 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Mandatory evacuations were issued for Zone A and voluntary evacuations for Zone B. The order goes into effect at 2 p.m. Monday. Zone A also includes all mobile homes in the county, whether they are in Zone A or somewhere else. Shelters will also be opened at 2 p.m.
“Do not wait. Time is of the essence. Act now,” Hillsborough County Administrator Bonnie Wise said. “We expect to have to evacuate over 300,000 people, and it will take some time, which is why we are starting now.”
Mandatory evacuations for Zone A are set to go into effect at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Voluntary evacuations for Zone B will also go into effect at the same time.
The Pasco County Office Of Emergency Management issued mandatory evacuation orders effective at 6 p.m. Monday for Zone A, as well as manufactured homes, mobile homes and RVs. The order also applies to anyone in a low-lying area or location prone to flooding, as well as those have historically experienced flooding during heavy rainfall.
Voluntary evacuations are in place for Zone B and C.
Mandatory evacuations will go into effect at 6 p.m. tonight for Zone A and all mobile homes,
Cathie Perkins, Pinellas County Directory Of Emergency Management announced in an afternoon news conference. Mandatory evacuation orders for Zone B and C will be active beginning tomorrow morning. All residential healthcare facilities in Zone A, B and C are already under an evacuation order. Shelters will open at 6 p.m. tonight.
Zones B and C. In the meantime, they have already started evacuating hospitals and other care facilities, told tourists to leave town and said that all mobile home residents would need to evacuate, regardless of what zone they were in.
“If you live in one of these storm surge areas you need to prepare to evacuate,” said Cathie Perkins, Pinellas County Directory Of Emergency Management. “This is no joke. This is life-threatening storm surge.”
There are no official evacuation orders yet, but the county said they expect to issue them Tuesday morning for Zone A.
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