TAMPA (WFLA) – The eye of Hurricane Irma is expected to hit Tampa at 2 a.m.
Officials are asking resident to shelter in place and don’t try to evacuate now.
Those in shelters now will be staying in shelters for a while. All shelters have multiple days’ worth of food stocked up.
Approximately 28,000 people are in shelters throughout Hillsborough County; 1,239 special needs evacuees in the county’s three special-needs shelters, 347 volunteers working in the county’s 45 shelters.
“When this storm ends and we know you want to get home – but realize with storm surge with standing water the dangers that come along with that. We will work diligently with of our local leaders to make those roads passable, to make them safe to get you guys back home,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister.
A FEMA representative has been in Tampa for the past week.
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- The latest on Hurricane Irma from Storm Team 8
- 2017 Hurricane Guide
- Emergency shelters opening across Tampa Bay area ahead of Hurricane Irma
- Hurricane Irma: Check your evacuation level here
- Hurricane Irma causing flight cancellations, airport closures in Tampa Bay area, Florida
- CHECKLIST: Disaster supply list for hurricane
- Where to get sandbags in the Tampa Bay area
- How to get water even if the stores are out
- The one thing you must do for your pet as Irma approaches