MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Governor Scott suspended tolls in Florida counties where there are evacuations ahead of Hurricane Matthew.
There’s a mandatory evacuation in Brevard County for the county’s barrier islands which took effect at 3 p.m. State Road 528 in Central Florida goes from Brevard County to Orlando.
Palm Beach County emergency managers also called for mandatory evacuations of barrier islands, mobile-home parks and sub-standard homes.
Both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties are under a voluntary evacuation for mobile homes and low-lying areas and shelters open in Broward Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. Shelters in Miami-Dade are also opening Wednesday night.
More than 1.5 million Floridians are currently in evacuation zones. In addition the counties already mentioned, here is a list of the rest:
- St. Johns County: Mandatory evacuations begin at 6 am Thursday for barrier islands and low lying areas.
- Duval County: Voluntary evacuations have started for Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach
- St. Lucie County: Voluntary evacuations have already started. Mandatory evacuations will begin Thursday.
- Flagler County: Voluntary evacuations have already started.
- Indian River: Voluntary evacuations have started for barrier islands. Mandatory evacuations begin Thursday at 8 am for barrier islands, mobile and manufactured homes and low lying areas.
- Martin County: Mandatory evacuations are in effect for Sewall’s Point, Hutchinson Island, Jupiter Island and mobile homes.
- Nassau County: Mandatory evacuations begin at 6 am Thursday for beaches and coastal areas.
- Volusia County: Voluntary evacuations of barrier islands have already started. Mandatory evacuations begin Thursday morning.
Governor Scott activated the National Guard on Monday and directed members to be stationed in North, Central and South Florida so they can be mobilized immediately.
Governor Rick Scott said, “Evacuations have started to be ordered this morning and I expect more counties to order evacuations soon. This is a dangerous storm and it is never too early to evacuate. If you live in a low lying area, on a barrier island, or in an area prone to flooding, you need to make plans to leave now.”
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