ORLANDO, Fla. – The most recent report by the National Weather Service indicates that Hurricane Matthew is once again a Category 4 Hurricane. As of 5 p.m., the forecast for Hurricane Matthew calls for Tropical Storm force winds to begin tonight in Central Florida at 11 p.m. Hurricane force winds are expected to start tomorrow morning at 5 a.m. lasting until 11 a.m. with peak winds of up to 101 mph at 7 a.m. Tropical Storm force winds are expected to end Friday evening at 10 pm. The total duration of Tropical Storm force winds will be 23 hours.
The latest announcements from Orange County as of 7 p.m. include:
In an effort to protect the life and safety of all citizens and first responders, a mandatory curfew has been put into effect for Orange County from Thursday, Oct. 6 at 10 p.m. through Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 a.m. Please stay off the roads unless there are extenuating circumstances.
As of 6 p.m., we have 550 citizens in Orange County shelters. One shelter, Bithlo Park, is at capacity. Orange County’s other five other shelters – Odyssey Middle School, Apopka High School, Corner Lake Middle, Timber Creek High School and Barnett Park have availability.
||Type of Shelter
||555 Martin St, Apopka, FL 32712
|Corner Lake Middle
||1700 Chuluota Rd, Orlando, FL 32820
|Timber Creek High School
||1001 Avalon Park S Blvd, Orlando, FL 32828
|Odyssey Middle School
||9290 Lee Vista Blvd, Orlando, FL 32829
||4801 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32808
||Red Cross/Orange County
||General Population /Pet Friendly
For special needs shelter, call (407) 836-9319
Please note that shelters are alcohol, drug and weapon free zones.
When sustained winds reach 50+ mph or wind gusts reach 65+ mph, the operations division chief may enact a No Response Policy. High winds severely limit response time. Orange County Fire Rescue will make every effort to respond to a call, but will make the best judgment to preserve life and safety of all involved.
Today, Orange County Fire Rescue has reached more than 9,200 manufactured home community members. A mandatory evacuation has been issued for mobile homes and should be followed for the safety and security of all.
For Hurricane Matthew updates, visit www.ocfl.net/Matthew. For general storm updates, visit www.ocfl.net/storm. Please call 3-1-1 for information.
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