Hurricane Irma: Evacuations in the Tampa Bay area

Hurricane Irma: Evacuations in the Tampa Bay area
Posted at 1:04 PM, Sep 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-09 14:15:19-04

Several counties in Florida have been ordered to evacuate as Hurricane Irma looms in the Atlantic, according to the county's public information office.

Click here to find out which evacuation zone you are in.

Tampa Bay Area Evacuations:

  • Tampa has issued a mandatory evacuation for residents living in Zone A beginning 2 p.m. Friday. This includes hotels.
    • MacDill Air Force Base officials have issued an evacuation order of the base as of 12:00 p.m. Friday. This order applies to all base residents including housing, dormitories, FAMCAMP and lodging. Effective immediately, only mission essential personnel should report to work through Monday, 11 Sept. If unsure whether they should report, personnel should call their supervisor. All MacDill services will cease at  8:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. As of 12:00 p.m., Sept. 8, residents of MacDill AFB, and any member residing in flood zone A of any county are entitled to evacuation reimbursements. All personnel assigned to MacDill should evacuate the area and seek shelter at their safe house/haven.


  • Pinellas County has issued a mandatory evacuation for all residents living in Zone A, Zone B and mobile homes.


  • Pinellas Park has issued a mandatory evacuation for all residents living in Zone A and Zone B. Residents must be evacuated by 8 a.m. Sunday.


  • Pasco County has issued a mandatory evacuation for the following:
    • A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for residents living west of Little Road, effective 1:00 p.m. today, Saturday, September 9, 2017.
    • A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for those residents living to the north and west of the following roadway boundary lines: north of 52 and west of Hicks Road; north of Kitten Trail to the intersection of Dennis Rd; west of Dennis Rd, following a northerly line to include properties west of Gopher Hills and west of Thomas Boulevard north to County Line Road, effective 1:00 p.m. today, Saturday, September 9, 2017.
    •  A voluntary evacuation has been ordered for the remainder of all evacuation zones, effective 1:00 p.m. today, Saturday, September 9, 2017.
    • All residents living west of U.S. 19 effective at 10:00 a.m. Friday.
    • All residents living north of Fox Hollow Drive, west of Little Rd. effective at 10:00 a.m.
    • A mandatory evacuation order is still in effect for special needs residents, and those living in manufactured homes, mobile homes, RV’s, and anyone living in a low-lying area or an area prone to flooding.
    • A recommended evacuation has been ordered for residents living south of Fox Hollow Drive to the south county line between Regency Park Blvd./Rowan Rd./Seven Springs Blvd. and Little Rd. effective 6:00 p.m. Friday.


  • Polk County has issued a mandatory evacuation of manufactured homes and flood-prone areas. This mandatory evacuation includes people who live in manufactured and mobile homes, and areas of the county that are most vulnerable including:
    • Itchepackesassa Creek, bordered by Deeson Road, the 
      County Line, Ariana Street and Chestnut Street;Gator Creek, in extreme northwest Polk bordered by the Gator Creek, in extreme northwest Polk bordered by the County Line on the north and west, Marcum Road on the south and Highway 33 on the east; Lake Lowery’s northwest side of the lake; Saddlebag Lake, and River Ranch.


  • Sarasota County has issued a mandatory evacuations low-lying areas, residents in mobile homes, Zone A and barrier islands (Longboat, Lido, Siesta, Casey and Manasota keys and the Island of Venice). The mandatory evacuation also applies to those living near the coast, rivers (Myakka River) and streams.


  • Manatee County has issued a mandatory evacuation for anyone living in mobile homes and anyone living in evacuation Level A and a voluntary evacuation for residents living in Level B.
    • The city of Venice has issued a mandatory evacuation for Zone A.


  • Hillsborough County has issued a mandatory evacuation for Evacuation Zone A starting at 8 a.m. today. The County has opened 16 shelters for residents in Evacuation Zone A, and whose homes are vulnerable to storm surge and flooding, and for manufactured homes that are susceptible to wind damage.

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  • Hernando County has issued a mandatory evacuation order for coastal zones A and B, and mobile homes countywide. All residents west of US 19 are under mandatory evacuations as of 8 a.m. Saturday.


  • Citrus County has issued a mandatory evacuation of all residents west of Hwy 19, 1 and ½ miles east of Hwy 19. This mandatory evacuation includes all of the City of Crystal River, all low-lying areas throughout the entire county and anyone residing in mobile homes, manufactured homes and all unsafe structures throughout  throughout the entire county. 


  • Highlands County has issued a voluntary evacuation for residents who live in low laying areas as well as for those that live in manufactured mobile homes. 

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Other Counties:

  • Brevard – mandatory evacuations for Zone A, Merritt Island, barrier islands, and some low-lying mainland areas along Indian River Lagoon beginning Friday

  • Broward – mandatory East of Federal Highway including barrier islands beginning Thursday

  • Charlotte – Voluntary evacuations

  • Collier – mandatory evacuations for Goodland, Everglades City, Chokoloskee, all mobile homes beginning on Friday

  • Flagler – mandatory evacuations for nursing homes, all varieties of assisted living facilities, and community residential group homes within coastal and Intracoastal areas and voluntary for zones A, B, C, F; mandatory for Zones A,B,C,F, and substandard housing beginning on Saturday

  • Glades – mandatory evacuations around Lake Okeechobee

  • Hardee – voluntary evacuations for low-lying areas, mobile homes, and port structures

  • Hendry – mandatory evacuations for low-lying areas, non-slab-built homes, mobile home and RVs, areas near Lake Okeechobee

  • Indian River – voluntary evacuations for barrier islands, low-lying areas

  • Lee – mandatory evacuations for barrier islands – Bonita Beach, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Captiva, and Pine Island beginning on Friday AM

  • Martin – mandatory evacuations for barrier islands, manufactured homes, and low-lying areas beginning Saturday

  • Miami-Dade – mandatory evacuations for all of Zone A, all of Zone B, and portions of Zone C. Miami Dade residents can find their zones by clicking HERE.

  • Monroe – mandatory evacuations for visitors and residents. A dedicated transportation hotline is available specifically for individuals in the Keys at 305-517-2480

  • Palm Beach – mandatory evacuations for Zone A and B, voluntary for Zone C and Lake Zone E

  • St. Lucie – mandatory evacuations for north and south Hutchinson Island, low-lying areas

Additional evacuations are expected throughout the state. All Floridians should pay close attention to local alerts and follow the directions of local officials.

Irma has set a record as the first hurricane to reach wind speeds of 180 miles per hour Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. 

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