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08/26/2012 at 12:47pm

Beach Evacuated for Isaac

The Lee County Emergency Operations Center has ordered a mandatory evacuation for the following areas of the county:

Bonita Beach
Fort Myers Beach
Big & Little Hickory Islands Black Island
Lovers Key
San Carlos Island

The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center is calling for 3 to 5 foot storm surge above ground, posing a danger for people living in those areas.

In light of the mandatory evacuation order, five hurricane shelters will be opened this morning:

The Red Cross will operate hurricane shelters at Varsity Lakes Middle
School and East Lee County High School. Those shelters opened at noon Sunday.

Lee County will operate hurricane shelters at Island Coast High School, South Fort Myers High School and Dunbar High School. The shelter at South Fort Myers High School will be the ONLY pet friendly shelter. Pets are not allowed at any other public shelters. These shelters will open this morning at 11:00 a.m.

Lee County Health Dept. is also opening a Special-Needs Shelter at Harborside Event Center at 11am.

If Lee County should fall under a Hurricane Warning, more mandatory evacuations will be ordered.

The Town of Fort Myers Beach activated it’s emergency notification system or "reverse 911” system Sunday morning, notifying residents of the mandatory evacuation.

As of noon Sunday, a hurricane warning was in effect for the Florida Keys including the Dry Tortugas, Florida Bay,and the west coast of Florida from Bonita Beach southward to Ocean Reef. A tropical storm warning in effect for the Florida west coast and the Panhandle, from north of Bonita Beach to Indian Springs.

-Information provided by Lee County Emergency Operations Center