By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 9, 2017
LAFAYETTE, CO., Fla. (WCTV) -- A mandatory evacuation order has been issued to all residents of Lafayette County as Hurricane Irma approaches Florida.
According to the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office, the evacuation order is based on the National Weather Service advisory indicating that Lafayette County is expected to face tropical force winds beginning Sunday. Winds may increase to Category 1 force or greater.
Tropical storm force winds and potential hurricane force winds are expected to last for more than 30 hours.
Residents are asked to complete preparations and evacuate before 6 a.m. Sunday.
In the case of severe weather, LCSO says emergency services and responders will not be able to assist residents who choose not to evacuate. Emergency personnel will not respond to any calls when winds are sustained at 40 mph or higher.
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.