Emergency managers urge residents to prepare evacuation plan

Pinellas County emergency managers said residents should come up with an evacuation plan by this weekend. They said every homeowner in the county should know which evacuation zone they live in.  

“We will evacuate the homes in zone A first,” said emergency manager Mary Burrell.

She said people who don’t live in an evacuation zone should plan on staying put for now.

“Our roads are going to be very crowded, so if you are not in an evacuation zone we would like you to find people who need to evacuate and invite them to your place to stay,” said Burrell.

ABC Action News meteorologist Greg Dee said Floridians should know within a few days if they will need to evacuate.

“The evacuations won't start until we get hurricane warning and watches issued, that may not happen until sometime Friday evening or Saturday morning if the storms heads this way,” said Dee.

Pinellas County has a hotline for residents to call with questions: 727-464-4333.

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