The City of Zephyrhills has issued a local state of emergency in advance of Hurricane Ian.

Alachua County Issues Evacuation Orders Ahead Of Hurricane Ian Impact

Evacuation is ordered for those residing in mobile homes, manufactured homes, recreational vehicles, and homes that may not survive the storm, along with those living in low-lying areas or those in proximity to bodies of water.

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – Evacuation is ordered for those residing in mobile homes, manufactured homes, recreational vehicles, and homes that may not survive the storm, along with those living in low-lying areas or those in proximity to bodies of water.

Alachua County has opened two pet-friendly, one special needs, and one general population shelter. These shelters are as follows:

General Population (pet-friendly) shelters:

• Easton Newberry Archery Center (24880 N.W. 16th Ave, Newberry)

• Eastside High School (1201 S.E. 43rd Street, Gainesville)

General population (not pet-friendly) shelter:

• Meadowbrook Elementary School (11525 N.W. 39th Ave, Gainesville)

Special needs (service animals only) shelter:

• Alachua County Senior Center (5701 N.W. 34th Blvd., Gainesville)

On Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said millions of Floridians will face power outages over the next two days as monstrous Hurricane Ian barrels through the state.

“You are starting to see power outages across the state, but you’re going to see way, way more over the next 48 hours,” DeSantis said Wednesday morning while at a Florida Power & Light staging area at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Lake City. “You’re going to have millions of people without power in this state within the next 48 hours. No question.”

In information posted online, FPL reported about 50,000 outages Wednesday morning, including about 18,000 in Miami-Dade County, 13,000 in Sarasota County, 8,000 in Collier County, 3,500 in Charlotte County and 2,000 in Lee County.

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Duke Energy Florida posted about 3,000 outages. FPL President & CEO Eric Silagy cautioned Tuesday that efforts to restore power will be affected by Hurricane Ian’s expected slow crawl across Florida.

Silagy added that it could take about 24 hours after Ian departs from areas to determine how much time will be needed to complete restoration.

More than 40,000 workers, including workers from other states, are handling outages or are on post-storm standby.

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