JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Authorities ordered a mandatory evacuation Saturday for parts of Baker County as authorities brace for potential flooding and strong winds carried by Hurricane Irma.
At the same time, the county has opened public shelters for those seeking refuge from the storm. Residents in the following areas are covered by the evacuation order:
- All residents on Steel Bridge Road, east of the collection site
- All residents on Webb Haven Road
- Persimmon and Ash Road in the Turkey Creek II neighborhood
- Myrtle, Camphor, Chestnut, and Gum Roads
- All residents on the west side of Aspen Road
- All residents on Lil Dixie Trail
- All residents on River Oak Circle
- All residents on River Oak Drive
- All residents on Confederate Drive East
- All residents of Cedar Creek Farms Road
Anyone who lives in a mobile or manufactured home is encouraged to seek shelter at public facilities. The general population shelter is at Macclenny Elementary and the special needs shelter is at Ed Fraser Hospital.
"Now is the time to act regarding any storm-related issues that you or your family may face," the sheriff's office said in a Facebook post. "It is important to plan for power outages and the need for food and water that will sustain you during those outages. We want to strongly advise everyone not to underestimate the power of this storm."
To view the areas under evacuation order, visit this website.