Hurricane Dorian: Central Florida areas under evacuation orders
Do you know your Florida evacuation zone, route?
Evacuations were ordered in parts of Central Florida as the state's east coast braced for Hurricane Dorian.
Central Florida was spared of any major damage, however, and officials began lifting the orders.
A mandatory evacuation order was issued for Zone A, including all mobile and manufactured homes.
This evacuation order affected:
- Beachside residents, ranging from Kennedy Space Center southward to Sebastian Inlet (including Merritt Island).
- Mainland residents who live in mobile homes or manufactured housing.
- Mainland residents who live in low-lying, flood-prone areas.
- Residents with special medical needs.
UPDATE: Evacuation orders were lifted Wednesday morning.
"Use caution when traveling," emergency officials tweeted.
A mandatory was issued Monday for residents who live on the beachside, in low-lying areas and in RV and mobile home parks throughout the county.
An emergency curfew will be in place from 6 p.m. Tuesday through 6 a.m. Wednesday and from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday for cities and unincorporated areas east of the Halifax River, according to county leaders.
Effective at noon Monday, residents and visitors in Evacuation Zones A, B, and F, as well as those living in flood prone areas and mobile/manufactured homes countywide are directed to evacuate.
Those residents and visitors whose evacuation plan is to leave Flagler County should do so immediately.
"Now is the time to take a deep breath and to make sure you have an emergency plan for you and your family," Emergency Management Director Jonathan Lord said. "Being prepared helps us to help you.
County leaders are asking residents to know their evacuation zones and review their evacuation destination. You can find a map the county's evacuation zones here.
On Sunday, another update was issued:
Evacuation Zone A includes everything east of the Intracoastal including Marineland, Hammock, Flagler Beach along State Road A1A.
Evacuation Zone B includes the neighborhoods off of Colbert Lane, all of the C section and the F section east of Florida Park Drive and the F section east of Palm Harbor Parkway. This zone also includes the area east of Old Kings Road, south of State Road 100 including Bulow, Plantation Oaks, and their adjacent neighborhoods. Also included is western Flagler Beach and residences off John Anderson Highway.
Evacuation Zone F is in western Flagler County and includes areas near Dead Lake – St. Johns Park and the Haw Creek basin – as the St. Johns River, which feeds Dead Lake is tidal.
A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for the Good Samaritan Village in Kissimmee, according to Osceola County officials. County leaders said all personnel, residents and tenants must be evacuated by noon Monday.
A voluntary evacuation order has also been issued for residents in low-lying areas and manufactured and mobile homes, county officials said.
As evacuation zones are announced, this story will be updated.
In the meantime, residents should familiarize themselves with their evacuation zone and routes. Click here to find your area's evacuation zones and routes. Note: some counties do not have evacuation zones and go by landmarks or boundaries.
Plans regarding potential evacuation orders have not been announced. Click here for everything else Orange County residents need to know before the storm.
Plans regarding potential evacuation orders have not been announced. Click here for everything else Seminole County residents need to know before the storm.
Plans regarding potential evacuation orders have not been announced. Click here for everything else Marion County residents need to know before the storm.
Plans regarding potential evacuation orders have not been announced. Click here for everything else Lake County residents need to know before the storm.
Plans regarding potential evacuation orders have not been announced. Click here for everything else Polk County residents need to know before the storm.
Know your zone
Florida officials want residents to know their evacuation zones well before a storm threatens the Sunshine State. Only the following Central Florida counties have designated evacuation zones:
If you live in one of the following Central Florida counties, you are in a county that does not have designated evacuation zones:
There could still be evacuation orders in those counties ahead of a storm, but the orders will not refer to designated zones and will instead refer to geographic boundaries or landmarks, according to Floridadisaster.org.
Gas up now
Well ahead of the storm, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency, clearing the way to bring in more fuel.
Officials with the auto and travel group AAA said there is plenty of gas in Florida as Hurricane Dorian approaches. It's just a matter of getting it to the state's gas stations.
AAA said in a statement Friday that retailers are having trouble keeping up with surging demand since gas stations can only hold so much fuel at a time.
AAA says Florida will continue to get shipments of gas as long as its ports stay open.
DeSantis has ordered state troopers to escort the trucks to the gas stations.
Dorian strengthened to a major Category 3 hurricane Friday, capable of inflicting devastating damage. It is expected to reach the Florida coast by late Monday or early Tuesday.
What if my evacuation route includes tolls?
Florida's tolls have been suspended.
When can you go home?
Residents should be prepared to shelter in place for the duration of the storm. If county officials issue an evacuation, be prepared with a plan to leave.
Drivers using the Waze GPS app will receive notification if they are in an evacuation zone and be rerouted. If a user is navigating to a destination within an evacuation zone, Waze users will receive an in-app alert.
According to a Waze spokesperson, the app will also have real-time routing, up-to-date evacuation routes and shelter information.
Once the hurricane has passed, city and county officials will assess the damage and when it is safe for residents to return. Check your city and county government social media channels for up-to-date information.
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