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Orange County issues warnings as Hurricane Irma lashes Florida

Looters will be arrested, officials say

A U.S. flag is tattered by winds produced by Hurricane Irma in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
A U.S. flag is tattered by winds produced by Hurricane Irma in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orange County leaders stressed the importance of mandatory evacuations for those living in mobile and manufactured homes while reminding residents that they will be under a 7 p.m. curfew Sunday night. 

"We will continue our door-to-door outreach, and we will be using loudspeakers to make sure we reach everyone we can," Orange County Mayor Theresa Jacobs said.

"Together we can get through this storm," Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said.

They also said looters would be arrested.

News 6 visited the nucleus of the Orange County Emergency Operations Center, where Orange County Fire and Rescue and Orange County Sheriff's Office dispatchers are located. They have their bags packed with everything they need to make it through when Hurricane Irma hits.

"I don't underestimate this storm," Jacobs said. "Everyone here needs to find a safe place to shelter. I don't want to lose a single life during this storm."

As of Sunday morning, more than 3,600 residents went to one of the county's 19 shelters.

Emergency crews stressed that they won't be able to respond if winds reach 50 mph, citing safety reasons.

 


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