By: WCTV Eyewitness News
Updated September 11, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Due to Hurricane Irma, several counties in North Florida have been placed under mandatory evacuation.
Jefferson County - A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for residents in low lying areas and mobile homes.
Gadsden County - A mandatory evacuation has been issued for all Gadsden County Residents living in mobile homes. Gadsden County Emergency Management will provide transportation to Gadsden County shelters. Gadsden County School Board and Big Bend Transit will be providing transportation to all shelters. BIG BEND TRANSIT WILL BE SUSPENDING FARES AND ALL RIDES ARE FREE.
Wakulla County - All mandatory evacuations for Wakulla County have been lifted.
Suwannee County - Mandatory evacuation order for low lying areas, mobile homes, and substandard housing due to the change in Hurricane Irma’s forecasted path and intensity of winds.
Lafayette County - Residents are asked to complete preparations and evacuate before 6 a.m. Sunday. A general population shelter at Lafayette High School opened Saturday. The shelter is located at 160 NE Hornet Drive Mayo, FL 32066. A special needs shelter also opened Saturday at Suwannee Intermediate School at 1419 Walker Ave SW Live Oak, FL 32064. The shelters are not pet friendly. LCSO is urging residents seeking shelter to bring blankets, pillows, bedding, and snacks. Those who need transportation to a shelter should call (386) 294-4111 or (386) 294-4112.
Leon County - Leon County and City officials have issued a voluntary evacuation for residents in the area.
The voluntary evacuation is effective immediately for all Leon County residents until Sunday at 8 p.m. At that time, city officials ask for residents to shelter in place until winds subside.
Madison County - The Madison County Board of County Commissioners has issued a mandatory evacuation of all mobile homes, sub-standard housing, RV's and low lying areas. The Board recommends seeking shelter by noon on Sunday. For those who need assistance getting to Madison County Central School, the Madison County School District will be picking up evacuees from Volunteer Fire Departments, Madison County Hall, Town of Greenville City Hall and the Town of Lee County Hall from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sunday.
Columbia County - Columbia County residents that live in low-lying areas or mobile homes are encouraged to take shelter at a higher level solid structure. Alternate locations recommended are friends and families homes, or a hurricane shelter.
Lowndes County - Lowndes County residents have been informed they are under a voluntary evacuation.
Residents received the alert via text message. The message reads, "Hurricane Irma is a dangerous storm expected ti impact Lowndes County with 80 mph sustained winds. Voluntary evacuation is now in effect for all of Lowndes Co."
Thomas County - Thomas County officials have issued a voluntary evacuation of all mobile homes in Thomas County. They are asking those living in mobile homes to move to a more sturdy shelter.