Indian River County Hurricane Dorian Update September 3, 2019 12:00 PM

Indian River County Hurricane Dorian Update September 3, 2019 12:00 PM

Media release: Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The information listed below could change frequently as the storm nears:

Latest Update:

Based on the 11AM Update from the National Hurricane Center in Miami and the National Weather Service in Melbourne, the Emergency Operations Center has now opened the bridges/causeways to the barrier island and lifted the mandatory evacuation order. Shelters will remain open until the morning hours of Wednesday, September 4th, 2019. We continue to experience and expect tropical storm force winds in our area, and the choice to stay in the shelter or return home will be left up to each family. Low category 1 force gusts remain possible, with most of the winds and rain projected to subside by the early morning hours of Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

Outages:

Florida Power and Light are reporting less than one hundred homes in Indian River County without power as of 11:20 AM.

Watches/Warnings/States of Emergency:

Indian River County remains under a Hurricane Warning.

Indian River County remains under a state of emergency issued on Friday , August 30th, 2019.

The State of Florida remains under a state of emergency issued by the Honorable Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019.

Evacuations:

A mandatory evacuation order was issued for Indian River County at 8:00 AM on Monday, September 2, 2019 for all areas east of US Highway 1 including the barrier island, low lying areas, and anyone in substandard or manufactured housing. The mandatory evacuation has been lifted.

AirBnB is currently offering free housing to those fleeing Hurricane Dorian. For more information visit: https://www.airbnb.com/welcome/evacuees/dorianmainland

Shelters:

The following shelters are now open, with a total of 751 people being housed in shelters:

• Treasure Coast Elementary, 8955 85th Street – Special Needs Shelter
• Liberty Magnet Elementary, 6580 81st Street – Pet Friendly Shelter
• Fellsmere Elementary, 50 N. Cypress Street – General Population
• Sebastian River Middle, 9400 CR 512 – General Population
• Freshman Learning Center, 1507 19th Street – General Population
• Oslo Middle School, 480 20th Ave SW – General Population

Closures:

Causeways/Bridges to the Barrier Island are now open.

The Emergency Operations Center has encouraged all businesses in Indian River County to close as of 2:00 PM on Monday, September 2, 2019.

The School District of Indian River County has cancelled classes through Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

GoLine and all public transportation has ceased.

All county convenience centers and landfills are currently closed until further notice. Waste pickup is suspended until after the storm.

All airports, beaches, public parks, libraries, and marinas are closed.

All government offices including the courthouse remain closed until further notice.

Sebastian Hospital has been evacuated. Cleveland Clinic Indian River remains open.

Bookmark this page to keep up with closures in Indian River County: https://www.irces.com/EM/status.html

Emergency Operations Center:

The Emergency Operations Center is currently at a Level 1 activation status

Information:

A press conference will be held at the Emergency Operations Center at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

The Hurricane Dorian Hotline is available 24/7 at 772-226-4000 for all Dorian related questions.

The IRC Government Channel 27, which can also be viewed online at https://youtu.be/x0znHmomu6w

Please be sure to follow our social media, which is updated throughout the day –
Twitter: @IRCSheriff @IndianRiverEOC
Facebook: Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, Indian River County Emergency Services Department
NextDoor: Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, Indian River County Emergency Management
Download the Aware & Prepare App in your Google Play or Apple App Store
Sign up for text alerts at www.irces.com
Additionally, we have been providing live social media updates on Facebook

Sandbags:

Indian River County does not issue sandbags.

Curfews:

Indian River County does not currently have any curfews in effect.

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