(Sarasota, FL) — Nearly 30 percent of Florida’s population is under either a mandatory or voluntary evacuation order as Hurricane Irma heads to the state. Florida Governor Rick Scott issued orders for the evacuations of an additional 700-thousand people today, bringing the number of Floridians under those orders to six-point-three-million. Scott continues to make a final pitch for people in the path of Hurricane Irma to get out. Scott says there is still time to evacuate, though the window is closing. People south of Orlando in the central part of the state are being urged to hunker down and hope for the best. Those north of Orlando can still evacuate. Tens of thousands of people are already without electricity as the hurricane sets a track for the state.
Beach evacuations are underway along Florida’s northeast coast in Jacksonville as people board up and get out ahead of Hurricane Irma. City officials have issued mandatory evacuation orders for parts of the city. Those orders affect people living in mobile homes and in coastal and low-lying areas. Irma is expected in southern Florida by tomorrow morning and will work its way from the Keys up the state’s west coast and covering the state. Meanwhile, in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper today said residents can expect heavy rain and wind beginning Monday, with the greatest impacts in the mountains and South Carolina border. The governor said there could be flash flooding and possible landslides in the mountains with some power outages expected due to the wind.
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