City of Jacksonville officials urged people to find shelter as Hurricane Irma moves up the state.
“It’s here. We knew it was coming. We’re prepared,” Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said at a Sunday evening news conference at the Duval County Emergency Operations Center. What’s coming is a 12-hour period of winds of 40-60 mph with gusts of 60-70 mph. Curry said that’s a long time for the city to by hit by winds like that.
The city of Jacksonville ordered 13 shelters open Friday in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. By midday Saturday, the Legends Center had reached capacity, but the other 12 shelters for the general population and special needs were only about 10 percent full.
Curry stressed Sunday night that the shelters still have space, except for the Legends Center, and no one will be turned away.
Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said when the bridges close, it will be for at least 12 hours until the storm has passed. Williams said the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will keep answering calls as long as it’s safe for officers.