Manatee County Commissioners declared a local State of Emergency on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, school officials decided to cancel school on Friday.
“This is a very large storm and a very dangerous storm,” said Emergency Management Chief Sherilyn Burris.
Sandbag locations were busy through Wednesday afternoon. Sue Riley said she is trying to protect her home on Holmes Beach.
Manatee County leaders said they will evacuate zone “A” by Friday if the storm continues on its current path. About 100,000 residents will be impacted if zone “A” is evacuated.
“I boarded up my front door, cause I’m afraid it’s going to blow in, I put all my patio furniture in the garage,” said Riley.
Manatee County has established a hotline for residents to call for more information: 941-749-3547.
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