Mandatory storm evacuations begin for parts of Hillsborough, Manatee counties

Mandatory storm evacuations begin for parts of Hillsborough, Manatee counties

Published September 26, 2022
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TAMPA, Fla. — UPDATE: Gov. Rod DeSantis announced during a press conference at 11 a.m. that Florida tolls in the Tampa Bay area have been suspended.

Meanwhile, mandatory evacuations have started in multiple Bay area counties.

Below is a rundown of evacuation orders issued by cities and counties in the Bay area.

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for Zone A residents plus mobile home residents in Hillsborough County in advance of Hurricane Ian. Shelters are opening Monday at 2 p.m. 

Voluntary evacuations are called for Zone B. 

Following the updated forecast of Hurricane Ian, public safety officials are announcing plans for evacuations, beginning with a MANDATORY Zone A evacuation and VOLUNTARY Zone B evacuation, effective at 8 a.m., Tuesday, September 27. “We’re expecting sustained tropical or hurricane winds to our barrier islands and coastal communities for as long as 48 hours, with the earliest arrival predicted for 8 p.m. Tuesday,” said Manatee County Administrator Scott Hopes. “This is a worst-case scenario with a very strong slow-moving storm just to the west of us.” Manatee County’s Emergency Operations Center will also move to a Level One activation at 8 a.m., Tuesday. At the close of business Monday, September 27, Manatee County Parks and Preserves will be closed until further notice. 

Check here for your evacuation zones.