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Lee County announces mandatory evacuation of Zone B

September 9, 2017
Jessica Salmond - News Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

During a press conference this morning, Lee Mayfield of the Lee County Emergency Management said the county is asking for mandatory evacuations of Zone B, south of Pine Island Road in Cape Coral and south of the Caloosahatchee in Fort Myers.

Zone B is colored in orange in the map.

Tropical storm and hurricane winds are expected to reach the area tonight and Sunday morning before the storm arrives.

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Zone B is colored in orange in the map.

"We will open more shelters today," he said. "There is plenty of time to get there today. The time to prepare is coming to a close."

Lee County Manager Roger Desjarlais said the county is as prepared as it can be at this point. He said he has been in contact with the local fire districts and reports they are in a state of readiness; however some of the stations near the coast are fearful of losing use of those stations due to the storm surge potential.

Regardless of the readiness of the county, Desjarlais said everyone needed to understand the storm is going to affect the whole state and resources and supplies will be in short supply.

"We're going to be on our own for about three days" while the storm bares down upon the area, he said.

Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott said LeeTran is still operating today to pick up people who need to get to a shelter, including their pets. He said he's been asked about a mandatory curfew and that it would not likely be put into affect until after the storm.

He advised if intersections' traffic lights are not functioning after the storm, motorists should treat every intersection as a four-way stop.

The Sheriff's Office is taking a zero-tolerance stance on any looting other criminal behavior following the storm.

"Those who try to create havoc would be dealt with swiftly," he said.

Desjarlais said at this point in time, if your home is properly prepped it is best to hunker down or make your way to a shelter very soon today.

"Let's be calm, patient, and help each other," he said.



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