Officials stress now is the time to prepare and act ahead of Hurricane Michael.

Forecast to become a major hurricane at landfall, likely in the Florida Panhandle, officials are issuing evacuation orders well in advance of what could be destructive winds and storm surge.

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As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, the following orders are in effect -- check with Florida Emergency Management / floridadisaster.org for more:

  • Citrus County: An immediate evacuation has been ordered for Zone A and mobile homes, RVs and manufactured housing across the county. Click here for more information.
  • Bay County: Mandatory evacuation orders are now in place for zones A, B, and C. Residents living in these areas should evacuate before 6 a.m. tomorrow.
  • Escambia County – Voluntary/Phased
  • Franklin County: A mandatory evacuation has been issued for all non-residents.
  • Gulf County: Mandatory evacuation issued for the following areas:
    • All of Cape San Blas
    • All of Indian Pass area
    • Simmons Bayou, Highland View
    • Windmark
    • In the city of Port St. Joe, all areas from St. Joseph Bay to Long Avenue
    • St. Joe Beach and Beacon Hill - Waterside of Highway 98
    • Those with high profile vehicles, living in mobile homes, low lying areas, or anyone who feels unsafe in their current location
  • Hernando County: Voluntary evacuation order for coastal zone levels A and B for Tuesday beginning at 8 a.m.
  • Leon County: A Voluntary/Phased evacuation has been issued for mobile homes and low lying flood prone areas.
  • Liberty County: Voluntary evacuations for mobile homes, substandard housing and low lying areas.
  • Pasco County: Voluntary evacuations for most vulnerable residents. Click here for more.
  • Santa Rosa County: Voluntary evacuations for mobile home parks, campsites and low lying areas.

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