MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Residents of the Treasure Coast are securing there homes and businesses in anticipation of the tropical-storm-force winds and pelting rain as Hurricane Dorian passes by.

Martin County, which is under a hurricane watch, has reinstated the mandatory evacuation of its barrier islands and low lying areas.

The evacuation applies to:

Residences on the barrier islands (Hutchinson Island and Jupiter Island)
Sewall’s Point
Manufactured/mobile homes
Homes in low-lying areas

Residents are strongly urged to follow the evacuation order. Additional evacuation areas may be identified if conditions change.

The county will open four general shelters, a special needs shelter and a pet-friendly shelter Sunday afternoon.

The four general shelters are…
Port Salerno Elementary School, 3260 SE Lionel Terrace, Stuart
Jensen Beach High School, 2875 NW Goldenrod Road, Jensen Beach
Hidden Oaks Middle School, 2801 SW Martin Highway, Palm City
Warfield Elementary School, 15260 SW 150th Street, Indiantown

The special needs shelter will be at Anderson Middle School, located at 7000 SE Atlantic Ridge Drive in Stuart. The pet-friendly shelter will be at Willoughby Learning Center, located at 5150 SE Willoughby Boulevard in Stuart.

Those planning to go to a shelter should bring 3-5 days of food (if they have a special diet0, water, medication, clothing, toiletries, bedding pillows, cots if they have them, sleeping bag, identification, important documents, cash, and a flashlight.

Florida’s Treasure Coast is a region comprising Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin counties.

Ted Scouten

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