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James Clarke Ash

Shortly before curfew Sunday night, about 150 Florida State University students lounged on inflatable matrasses and sleeping bags on the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center floor.

Wakulla County Evacuation Map.  Local officials are ordering mandatory evacuation for everyone in the red area (Zone A).
Florida Division of Emergency Mgmt.

9/10/17 9:00 a.m. update: Local emergency management officials say the Big Bend could begin to feel the effects of Hurricane Irma Sunday night. The Leon County Sheriff's office wants all vehicles off the road by that time.

Hurricane Irma's track as of the 11 AM advisory September 9.
NOAA

Updated 9/10/17: with additional shelter locations in Liberty, Taylor and Gadsden Counties.

It's bad news for the big bend region. Hurricane Irma is heading straight for the region and coastal counties have ordered evacuations. 

Latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center. Sat. 9/9/17 5 a.m. advisory
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

The National Weather Service has issued Tropical Storm and Hurricane warnings for the Big Bend, Southwest Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. The warnings come as Hurricane Irma creeps closer to the state, preparing to make landfall somewhere in Southwest Florida.

From Leon County and the City of Tallahassee: Information on local shelters, office and school closures, resource distribution centers, cooling stations and solid waste services

NOAA / http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at1+shtml/154010.shtml?tswind120#contents

Update 9/9/17 5:00 p.m.: A voluntary evacuation notice has been issued for all of Leon County. Local officials say to expect 3-5 days without power. The region is likely to experience 18 hours worth of tropical storm force winds beginning Sunday evening into Monday.

National Weather Service

Tallahassee residents can be forgiven if Hurricane Irma brings on a strong feeling of Déjà vu.

Managers of Tallahassee’s Kearney Center are sheltering up to 400 Big Bend homeless residents per night and expecting 20 to 50 more as Hurricane Irma approaches.

Facility photo

In preparation for Hurricane Irma, several VA facilities in the North Florida and South Georgia areas will be closed Monday to local veterans.

Local emergency management officials gather at the Leon County-City of Tallahassee Emergency Operations Center ahead of Hurricane Irma 9/7/17
Nick Evans / WFSU News

As Hurricane Irma nears Florida the City of Tallahassee, Leon County Government and emergency management officials will hold a 1 p.m. briefing today to provide updates.

Kate Payne

Observant and lucky Floridians may have spotted grapevines growing wild in the parks and backyards of the Panhandle. WFSU brings us this report on wild muscadines. We teamed up with the Miccosukee Root Cellar to look at what they are, how to find them, and what to do with them.

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All Leon County Schools will remain open this week. Based on the projected path of Hurricane Irma, county officials say there is less chance of severe weather affecting the district Friday. 

Tallahassee Animal Service Center via Facebook

Hurricane Irma is on its way toward Florida and Tallahassee residents are getting ready.  The local animal shelter is encouraging people to be sure they plan for their pets.

Mayor Andrew Gillum flanked by city and county officials, including John Dailey (left) speaking about Hurricane Irma prep.
Nick Evans

Just over a year ago, Tallahassee was clearing up the damage after Hurricane Hermine.  That was a Category 1 storm, and now local officials are prepping for a massive, Category 5 hurricane bearing down on the state.

Tom Flanigan

Nationally, fewer than one out of five elected offices is held by women. An effort to shrink that political gender gap took place in Tallahassee over the weekend.

havanaflorida.com

The Panhandle town of Havana recently won a Florida Main Street designation from the Department of State. Now the community is re-envisioning the future of its downtown.

Florida A&M University

Florida’s university governing board has granted tentative approval to Florida A&M University's strategic plan.

choosetallahassee.com

The idea of “adult education” is not new. But the whole concept has been taken to a new level through a locally-available program that rolls out its latest course offerings in a few weeks.

Kate Payne

United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited Leon County Tuesday, making stops at Holy Comforter Episcopal School and the Florida State University Research School. DeVos used the trip to champion school choice and individual liberties.

gulfspecimen.org

What were once two very sick loggerhead sea turtles are now fully recovered and will be headed back to the wild this Friday (9/1).

The number of Florida school districts suing over a new education law is growing, but   Leon County Schools says it has no plans to join them.

Clint Wright / U.S. Forest Service

Motorists driving through Leon County should be careful in the next couple of days, due to lingering effects of Monday’s prescribed burning in the Apalachicola National Forest.

Tom Flanigan

A little-known Tallahassee park is an island of thick forest in an otherwise urban landscape.

Tom Flanigan

People who love both coffee and cats have a new Tallahassee destination. The city's first-ever cat cafe had its grand opening on Saturday (8/26).

Tom Flanigan

Dozens of Florida A&M University students who found mold in their campus housing earlier this week are now moving into healthy, freshly-cleaned units. The school’s president took reporters on a tour of the apartments on Friday, Aug. 25.

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