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Leon County Declares Voluntary Evacuation For Mobile Home Residents


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.

Original Story: Leon County is declaring a voluntary evacuation for mobile home residents. The flimsy structures could be especially vulnerable if tropical storm force winds bear down on Tallahassee. County Commission Chair John Dailey announced the declaration at a Friday afternoon debriefing.

“At this time, Leon County is issuing a voluntary evacuation for mobile and modular homes starting Saturday, tomorrow, at 6 am. To assist those who will evacuate, we are opening shelters with the American Red Cross, and we will open more as needed,” Dailey said.

Friday morning, the county and the American Red Cross opened shelters at the Northwoods Baptist Church, on Capital Circle NW and at Lawton Chiles High School. Both shelters are pet accessible.

By Saturday morning, evacuee shelters will also open at Florida High and Oak Ridge Elementary Schools. City and county officials are urging all residents to have enough food and water to last three days.

As a Tallahassee native, Kate Payne grew up listening to WFSU. She loves being part of a station that had such an impact on her. Kate is a graduate of the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts. With a background in documentary and narrative filmmaking, Kate has a broad range of multimedia experience. When she’s not working, you can find her rock climbing, cooking or hanging out with her cat.