“Based on what we now know, the majority of Florida will have major hurricane impacts with deadly storm surge and life-threatening winds,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott said. “And we can expect this along the entire east coast and the entire west coast.”
Scott visited Orange County in the afternoon to reiterate some of those talking points. At an earlier press conference, Scott said he spoke with President Donald Trump about Hurricane Irma. “I’ve been talking to the White House everyday… and he [Trump] has promised us all federal resources.”
Another 70 shelters will open today, Scott said, adding to the more than 260 shelters open across the state. “More than 50,000 Floridians have taken shelter, and there’s still room for more.”
Fuel shipments into Florida ports have stopped, but deliveries to stations will continue as long as possible and be resumed as early as possible after the storm passes, Scott said. Service plazas on Florida’s Turnpike have begun closing in South Florida, allowing staff to evacuate before tropical-storm-force winds arrive.
Another 700,000 residents were asked to evacuate their homes ahead of Hurricane Irma — bringing the total to nearly 7 million total urged to evacuate multiple states, the Associated Press reported. That includes coastal residents of Brevard County and people who live in mobile homes in Orange County.
The Orlando and Sanford airports will suspend flights starting at 5 p.m. today. Disney, Universal and other theme parks will shut down later today as well.
Early this morning, Home Depot on East Colonial Highway was closed with crates of mulch blocking the entrance.