Jacksonville Mayor Sammy Phillips is calling for an evacuation of the City of Jacksonville in advance of Hurricane Florence.
“Florence is a significant storm. Winds are expected to be at 140 MPH, rain is expected to be record setting,” said Mayor Phillips. “As Mayor of the City of Jacksonville, I am announcing a voluntary evacuation of the City. We are strongly urging evacuation of Jacksonville.
The Mayor noted that storm surge is expected to be higher than ever experienced in Jacksonville.
“We urge you to take action now to find safe shelter in another community outside the storm impacted area,” said Mayor Phillips.
The Mayor indicated that if residents elect to stay, any area that has flooded after a past storm will be flooded even more.
“There could be water in your home,” said the Mayor.
He indicated new records are likely to be set for flooding, for rainfall and for wind in Jacksonville. Any weakness in your home will be compromised by the wind. Be prepared for trees to fall.
The Mayor announced that a curfew will be called as the storm becomes imminent. This will be done so emergency personnel can maneuver and to prevent sightseers. No curfews are in effect now.
This is expected to be a three-to-four-day event without power for weeks. Valuable papers should be in a secured, dry container. Residents who stay should have enough food for several days. They should have all their necessary medications for weeks.
Ensure that yard furniture, garbage containers, and other items that may become flying debris are secured.
“Please, this is a huge and dangerous storm. Do what’s right for you and your family. Be safe,” said the Mayor.
City operations for non-essential services will close at noon Wednesday, September 12, 2018.