Pasco hurricane evacuation shelters to open 11 a.m. Friday
Pasco County officials issued a voluntary evacuation order for all areas west of U.S. 19 and for the occupants of more than 64,000 mobile or manufactured homes across the county because of the threat of high winds and flooding from Hurricane Irma.
The county also said special needs residents and anyone living in a low-lying or flood-prone areas should evacuate. Each of the past two summers, residents living along the Anclote River east of U.S. 19 have had to evacuate flood waters.
To accommodate evacuees from Pasco and elsewhere around the state, the county is opening 12,000 shelter beds at five high schools and the Mike Fasano Hurricane Shelter at 11 a.m. Friday.
They schools are: Fivay High School, 12115 Chicago Ave.; Hudson; River Ridge Middle/High School, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey; Sunlake High School, 3023 Sunlake Blvd., Land O Lakes; Wesley Chapel High School, 30651 Wells Road., Wesley Chapel and Wiregrass Ranch High School, 2909 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel. The Wiregrass Ranch shelter is pet-friendly.
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