Mandatory evacuation issued for parts of Monroe County due to TS Laura

first_imgOfficials in Monroe County have declared a State of Local Emergency and have issued mandatory evacuation orders for parts of the county due to Tropical Storm Laura.The order was mandated just after 9:00 am Friday after Depression 13 strengthened into the tropical storm.Leaders are asking those in all live-a-board vessels, mobile homes, recreational vehicles, travel trailers, and campers evacuate the area.” Folks that live in the Keys know what they need to do,” Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi said. “People that live on boats and live in trailers, things like that, don’t try to ride it out because you never know how much it can intensify. There’s a lot of uncertainty on how much it can intensify. We’re going to play it on the safe side. Please leave, get off your boat and find shelter. ”As of 2:00 pm, Tropical Storm Laura was located about 175 miles from the Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and is moving at 18 mph.Laura is expected to continue moving at a west-northwestward motion where it will increase in speed. The center is expected to move over the Leeward Islands later on today and continue near or over Puerto Rico into Saturday, and near the northern coast of Hispaniola late Saturday and early Sunday.Officials also plan to discuss possible shelters options on Saturday. According to the reports, if the shelters are to open, they will begin opening around 3:00 pm on Saturday.Monroe County government offices plan to close on Monday, however, they will continue to monitor the storm through their Emergency Operations Center.last_img

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