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Evacuation Orders Issued

  • Miami-Dade County has ordered 320,000 residents to evacuate because of Hurricane Frances. Residents living on barrier islands, Miami Beach and Key Biscayne are affected by the evacuation order.
  • Officials in Broward County, which contains Fort Lauderdale, ordered the evacuation Thursday of up to 250,000 people living on barrier islands, in mobile homes and in low-lying areas. Residents east of U.S. 1 are under a voluntary evacuation.
  • Over 300,000 people have been urged to evacuate the coastal areas of Palm Beach County.
  • Brevard County planned to urge up to 185,000 residents to evacuate by 4 p.m. Thursday.
  • Martin County planned to urge up to 7,500 residents to evacuate low-lying areas starting at noon Thursday.
  • Indian River County issued mandatory evacuations for about 6,000 residents in the barrier islands and mobile homes beginning Thursday at noon.
  • Volusia County planned to order evacuations Thursday for mobile home parks and for residents east of the Intracoastal Waterway, including parts of Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach and smaller beach towns.
  • South Daytona, on the mainland, ordered a voluntary evacuation for its 13,100 residents. In St. Lucie County, special needs residents would begin evacuating to the Port St. Lucie Community Center and the St. Lucie County Civic Center at noon Thursday.
  • Monroe County ordered the evacuation of all visitors north of mile marker 72 in the Florida Keys. Non-residents can either evacuate south to the Middle or Lower Keys or north to the mainland. Monroe County also ordered all recreational vehicles to evacuate the Keys immediately.










Sanibel Island


Heavy rainfall and strong winds, associated with Hurricane Frances, are expected . If this storm slows, the impacts could be even greater. Recently replaced power lines and trees with damaged root systems could more easily fall as a result of this hurricane.


City Council will convene into a special meeting to address Hurricane Frances at 3:00 p.m. today (Thursday Spet 2) . At this time, the City of Sanibel Police Department strongly encourages citizens to begin hurricane preparations for Hurricane Frances as soon as possible. Citizens of Sanibel should give full consideration to the recent impacts of Hurricane Charley to homes, businesses, and vegetation on the island. Many structures suffered damage or some level of stress during that storm. The Police Department believes that it would be unwise for any individual to stay in a compromised structure during Hurricane Frances. Based upon the current forecast, the Chief of Police is prepared to recommend a voluntary evacuation of Sanibel to City Council at their three o?clock meeting. At this time, Hurricane Frances is expected to initially impact the East Coast, and many East Coast residents are already in the evacuation process. Traffic is likely to get heavier throughout the day.


Glades County


Glades County has set up an information hotline for residents to call with any Hurricane Frances questions.




Highlands County


Mandatory evacuations for mobile homes, RV's and low-lying areas




Highlands County Information On Frances


September 2, 2004


The Following Shelters will be opened on Noon Friday

These shelters are wind compliant, which means they have been rated by state standards to withstand hurricane force winds


Avon Park Recreation Center - 207 E State Road, Avon Park

SFCC - University Center, College Drive, Avon Park

Woodlawn Elementary, 718 Fielder Blvd, Sebring

Fred Wilde Elementary - 1910 Highlands Ave, Sebring

Sebring High School - 3514 Kenilworth, Sebring

Other shelters that will open,which are NOT approved by state standards and are considered Refuges of Last Resort and considered better than a mobile home


Restoration Church - 8475 Sparta Rd, Sebring

LP High School 202 Lake Drive, Lake Placid

LP Middle School - 201 S Tangerine Dr, Lake Placid

Special Needs shelter will open Friday at 8:00 am at The Agri-Civic Center Auditorium


Mandatory evacuations for mobile home homes and low-lying areas went into effect Thursday at noon, for people leaving the county and Noon on Friday for people going to the shelters.



The garbage collectors are not picking up storm debris.


Highlands County Public Schools are CLOSED Friday


South Florida Community College is CLOSED Friday


Highlands County Government Offices are CLOSED on Friday


If you have questions or need assistance you may call the EOC hotline at 385-1112






I-4 in Downtown Orlando






I-4 in Winter Park


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Lee County: Germain Arena and Lee County Civic Center to open for evacuees at 6:00 PM. Both near I-75.


Collier County: 2 Shelters to open at 6 p.m. in Collier County for critical needs evacuees from the East Coast. Critical Needs Shelters to open at 6 p.m.: Gulf Coast High School (7878 Immokalee Rd.) and Oakridge Middle School (14975 Collier Blvd.)


Collier County Sheriff's Deputies reported that traffic on I-75 is heavy and currently there is no hotel availability in Collier, Lee, Charlotte or Sarasota Counties according to tourism officials.

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