Evacuation Orders Throughout Florida

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — About 1.5 million people are in evacuation zones in Florida as Hurricane Matthew approaches the east coast.

The life-threatening category 4 storm is expected to be felt in parts of Florida sometime after noon.

With part of the state under various hurricane and tropical storm warnings and watches, officials issued evacuation orders from mandatory to voluntary.

Florida Governor Rick Scott says he has ordered tolls to be suspended for counties affected by the storm. So far, tolls have been suspended on the Florida Turnpike, Alligator Alley, Central Florida Expressway Authority, and Miami-Dade Expressway Authority.

The Florida Department of Transportation is monitoring traffic to make sure evacuation routes are not clogged. Those wanting to leave, may still have time but it’s running out.

The following locations are under evacuation orders: 

  • Brevard County: Mandatory Evacuations of Merritt Island, barrier island, low-lying areas and mobile homes.
  • Broward County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for mobile homes and low-lying areas.
  • Clay County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • DeSoto County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for manufactured homes, RVs and low lying areas.
  • Duval County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • Flagler County: Mandatory evacuations have begun.
  • Indian River: Mandatory evacuations have begun for barrier islands, mobile homes, and low lying areas.
  • Martin County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for barrier islands, low-lying areas, and mobile homes.
  • Miami-Dade County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for mobile homes, low-lying, and unstable structures.
  • Nassau County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • Palm Beach County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for barrier islands, mobile homes, substandard housing, flood prone areas, and those living in high rises close to the Intracoastal Waterway. Mandatory evacuations begin today.
  • Johns County: Mandatory evacuation orders have begun.
  • Lucie County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for barrier islands, mobile homes, and low lying areas.  Mandatory evacuations begin today.
  • Volusia County: Mandatory evacuations have begun for barrier islands, low-lying areas, and mobile homes

Floridians and visitors can go to FloridaEvacuates.com or download the Florida-Evacuates app to enter their location and see shelters available in their area.

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