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Lee Co. orders evacuations

Lee Co. orders evacuations

By Lisa Fernandex. CREATED Aug 26, 2012 - UPDATED: Aug 27, 2012

The Lee County Emergency Operations Center has ordered a mandatory evacuation for the following areas of the county:

  • Bonita Beach Fort Myers Beach
  • Big & Little Hickory Islands
  • Black Island
  • Lovers Key
  • San Carlos Island

The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center is calling for 3 to 5 foot storm surge above ground, posing a danger for people living in those areas.

In light of the mandatory evacuation order, five hurricane shelters will be opened this morning:
The Red Cross will operate hurricane shelters at Varsity Lakes Middle School and East Lee County High School. Those shelters will open at Noon today.

Lee County will operate hurricane shelters at Island Coast High School, South Fort Myers High School and Dunbar High School. The shelter at South Fort Myers High School will be the ONLY pet friendly shelter. Pets are not allowed at any other public shelters. These shelters will open this morning at 11:00 a.m.

Lee County Health Dept. is also opening a Special-Needs Shelter at Harborside Event Center at 11am.

If Lee County should fall under a Hurricane Warning, more mandatory evacuations will be ordered.