(NationalSentinel) Authorities in Florida have issued a mandatory evacuation order up and down the state’s Atlantic coast ahead of Hurricane Dorian, to include President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.
The Category 5 storm blasted the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday, claiming its first life — a seven-year-old boy — according to reports.
The Florida Emergency Management website posted an alert, saying that residents in some areas along the east coast should evacuate immediately.
The following counties are under evacuations, according to the website:
Martin County – Mandatory evacuation order for Zone A and Zone B are in effect. This includes Hutchinson Island, Jupiter Island, Sewall’s Point, low lying areas, and mobile and manufactured homes.
Palm Beach County – Mandatory evacuation order for Zone A and Zone B. Zone A includes mobile homes, sub-standard housing and low-lying areas prone to water intrusion. Zone B includes the barrier islands, land areas north and south of the Jupiter Inlet, and other surge-vulnerable areas south along the Intracoastal Waterway to the Broward County line.
Brevard County – Mandatory evacuation order is being issued at 5 p.m. today for Zone A, including all mobile and manufactured homes.
St. Lucie County – Mandatory evacuation order for residents on the barrier island (North and South Hutchinson Island), those living in low-lying coastal areas and mobile homes.
St. Johns County – Mandatory evacuation order is being issued at 8 a.m. on Monday, September 2 for Zone A and Zone B, which includes the entire cities of St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach, and those living on waterfront property or in flood-prone areas.
Other counties have voluntary/phased evacuation instructions in place, according to Florida Emergency Management officials.
Meanwhile, the The Miami Herald reported that President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, which is located in Palm Beach County, is included in the mandatory evacuation.
The National Hurricane Center has also issued warnings for further up the U.S. East Coast, where other states, including South Carolina, have issued mandatory evacuation orders.
The NHC said in a 7 p.m. update that the storm is continuing to batter the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas and is now approaching Great Bahama Island.
“This is a life-threatening situation. Residents in the Abacos should continue to stay in their shelter as the eastern eyewall of Dorian remains over the area. Residents in eastern Grand Bahama will begin to experience the western eyewall soon,” the agency warned.
The storm still has winds of 185 mph and gusts of 220 mph, forecasters reported.
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