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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Four emergency shelters have officially opened their doors in Miami-Dade County just as Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued mandatory evacuations for people living in Zones A and B.

County workers were busy setting up cots and doing an inventory of supplies at one of those shelters that’s been set up at South Miami Senior High.

“We are very nervous about what’s going to happen with the hurricane and we didn’t want to drive,” said Adela Gondolles who says she doesn’t plan on staying at the shelter just yet but showed up to register.

But a group of international students from India, who just arrived to Miami Sunday, says they have nowhere else to go but here.

“Due to the hurricane, we couldn’t find any apartments so we just came to know about this through my school and we are here for safety,” said Gauri Sane, a hospitality management student at San Ignacio University in Doral.

“Looks pretty bad.  If it hits directly, it looks really bad for us,” said international student Tarhab Motiwala.

The four shelters that opened Wednesday are:

  • South Miami Senior High: 6856 SW 53rd St, Miami, FL 33155
  • North Miami Beach Senior High: 1247 NE 167th St, Miami, FL 33162
  • Felix Varela Senior High: 15255 SW 96th St, Miami, FL 33196
  • Darwin Fuchs Pavilion: Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center (pet friendly): 10901 Southwest 24th Street, Miami, FL, United States, 33165

These shelters have the ability to house 8,000 people.

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued Wednesday evening, marking Miami-Dade’s first major evacuation in 12 years.

Zone A includes most of Coastal Miami-Dade including Key Biscayne, while Zone B includes Miami Beach, Miami’s Brickell Avenue neighborhood, more inland areas and other oceanfront cities.

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Click here and type in your address on the upper left corner to find out which zone you are in.

The evacuation of about 470,000 people would take about 26 hours, according to county estimates.

Evacuations for those with special needs started Wednesday morning.