Hotel rooms book up ahead of Irma

By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 7, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — As evacuations continue in South Florida, many people are heading to the Big Bend to seek shelter at local hotels

“The industry right now is in an influx, as a lot of people are trying to figure out their plans for their personal safety,” said Kerri Post, Director of Leon County Tourism. “We are in pretty much a sold out situation for the weekend.”

As of this afternoon, The Double Tree is booked through Tuesday. As is Hotel Duval, Capital Courtyard by Marriott and Wyndham Garden. Aloft is book through Monday. Motel 6 is also completely booked, with a representative saying that the closest available rooms they have are in North Alabama or Tennessee.

There are several reasons for the sellout.

First, evacuations. Second, this weekend is a home Florida State football game, which typically causes hotels to book up all on its own. Plus, the City and County need to have rooms on standby for mutual aid crews that could head to Tallahassee to assist with power outages.

The Visitor’s Center is directing those looking for a room to visit its website,

"We have a book now button which will show any availability. However that is changing literally by the minute so we would say always call the property first. But, for the people that just show up that are tired, they just got out, that's where the Red Cross shelters will be able to refer them there,” said Post.

Although hotels are booked, several local counties are planning to open shelters for evacuees. For the latest list, click here.

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