Hurricane Ian heads toward Florida

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Flagler County officials are asking some county residents to prepare to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Ian, according to a Tuesday press conference.

Flagler County is located on the east coast of Florida, just north of Daytona Beach.

The Flagler County Emergency Management is specifically warning certain residents:

  • People in mobile homes, RV’s and “Zone A barrier island residents are encouraged to prepare to evacuate,” the county said on Facebook. According to an evacuation zone map, Zone A is the area closest to the coastline.
  • Low-lying areas in Zone B, including “Bulow neighborhoods east of John Anderson Highway and Palm Drive and Lambert Avenue,” the post added.
  • People living in homes that are not elevated in low-lying areas of Zone F “near Crescent Lake and Dead Lake, including Daytona North,” the county said.

“At this time, we have not ordered an evacuation. But we want residents living in those areas to be prepared no later than tonight as we will likely order evacuations tomorrow morning,” Jonathan Lord, the director of Flagler County Emergency Management, said at a news conference on Tuesday. 

Lord said the area will likely see tropical storm force winds Wednesday afternoon through midday Friday.

“Tomorrow, once we solidify the evacuation shelter opening times, the Emergency Operations Center will announce the final areas under the evacuation order and the times which shelters will officially open,” Lord said.

Flagler County Public Schools will also be closed through the remainder of the week, according to a tweet posted Tuesday.