Fort Pierce Update For Hurricane Irma Friday 8:30am
The City of Fort Pierce continues to closely monitor Hurricane Irma and is exhausting all efforts to ensure that our city is ready for potential impacts, we advise residents to finalize preparations today.
As of Friday morning at 8:30 a.m., here is the latest information:
Mandatory evacuations will be issued for residents on North & South Hutchinson Island, in low-laying areas and those living in manufactured homes, starting today at 3 p.m. Once residents leave those areas, they will not be allowed re-entry until the storm passes and public safety official have cleared the roads. For a maps of shelters and evacuations routes visit: www.stlucieco.gov/hurricane.
Mayor Linda Hudson urges residents to heed the evacuation warnings, watch the video here: https://youtu.be/ku0gcmrZ5vE
St. Lucie County will open the special needs shelter on today, Friday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m., which is located at the Havert L. Fenn Center, 2000 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce. Residents planning to use the special needs shelter must pre-register at www.stlucieco.gov/eoc.
The schedule for openings has been revised: Four general population shelters will open today, Friday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. including:
Westwood High School, 1801 Angle Road, Fort Pierce, which will also serve as a pet-friendly shelter. Residents need to bring crates for their pets, as well as food, water and litter. All pets must have up-to-date vaccinations. Pets, along with their owners, will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Treasure Coast High School, 1000 SW Darwin Blvd. Port St. Lucie.
Westgate K-8 School, 1050 NE Cashmere Blvd., Port St. Lucie.
Fort Pierce Central High School, 4101 South 25th Street, Fort Pierce.
The rest of the general population shelters will open on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 9 a.m.:
Chester A Moore Elementary, 827 N 29th Street, Fort Pierce
Floresta Elementary, 1501 SE Floresta Drive, Port St Lucie
Lakewood Park Elementary, 7800 Indrio Road, Fort Pierce.
Morningside Elementary, 2300 SE Gowin Dr, Port St Lucie.
Oak Hammock Elementary, 1251 SW California Blvd, Port St Lucie.
Parkway Elementary School, 7000 NW Selvitz Rd, Port St Lucie.
Samuel S. Gaines Academy, 2250 S Jenkins Rd, Fort Pierce.
Residents are reminded that shelters are places of last resort. Those planning to stay at a shelter should bring food, water, blankets, pillows and medications.
The Governor recommends that residents download the "GasBuddy" app on their cell phone to locate fuel at gas stations in their area. (www.gasbuddy.com). There is also a toll-free hotline to locate gas:800-204-2418
Garbage collection will continue through today, Friday, Sept. 8. Now is not the time to do major yard work and we are asking residents to please refrain from cutting down whole trees or doing major projects until the storm passes. Residents should not place any debris at the curb now that a Hurricane Watch has been issued.
St. Lucie County went into a Level 1 (full) activation at 8:00 a.m. today and will continue until the storm passes. EOC updates will be provided on WQCS 88.9 FM and on the county’s Facebook pages at 8 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. Information Hotline, 772-460-HELP (4357), will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. The City of Fort Pierce will continue to share this information as it becomes available.
We have received several questions about parking in the City of Fort Pierce parking garage during the storm. The garage is open 24/7 and parking is at your own risk.. Please note: The parking garage is filling up.