Hurricane Matthew updates from Martin County government and community partners

Martin County is under a hurricane watch due to Hurricane Matthew. Hurricane Matthew is a major hurricane which threatens Florida’s coast, including Martin County. A wide range of weather impacts could occur locally, including strong winds, heavy rain, storm surge and potential flooding.

Residents are urged to finalize plans. Do not delay. Resources are available at In addition, Martin County’s Public Information Line is receiving phone calls. The number is 772-287-1652.

Martin County is working with its partners to begin activation of Anderson Middle School in Stuart as a Special Needs Shelter Wednesday, October 5 at 2:00 pm. This shelter is for residents with special medical needs who have pre-registered. Residents who come to the shelter and do not meet the requirements, will be re-directed to another shelter suitable for their needs. Residents with special needs who have not registered, please call 772-287-1652.

Red Cross shelters will open late Wednesday and will provide food and shelter for affected residents. Information related to times and locations will be announced shortly.

News from Martin County Schools: Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5, will be an Early Dismissal day for Martin County School District students. Extended Day programs will not be available. Further, schools and Extended Day will be closed on Thursday and Friday. All before-school and after-school activities and athletic events are cancelled on these days as well.

News regarding Bathtub Reef Beach: Effective tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5, Bathtub Reef Beach will not be guarded. The beach will remain open to the public. Swim/bathe at your own risk. In preparation for impacts of Hurricane Matthew, Fire Rescue has removed lifeguard stands from the Bathtub Beach shoreline.

News from the Florida Department of Health in Martin County: The Department of Health in Martin County will close its facilities in Stuart and Indiantown on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week. Regular hours are expected to resume on Monday, October 10.

News from the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast: The shelter has the potential to accept up to 150 animals. Make a reservation now. The phone number is 772-223-8822.

Residents are encouraged to follow Martin County on social media for additional information and updates,
on Twitter @martincountygov and Facebook at




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