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West Orange Times & Observer Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 6 years ago

Orange County offers shelter, resources in Hurricane Matthew

Starting Thursday night, Orange County could receive hurricane-force wind gusts of up to 90 miles per hour.
by: Jennifer Nesslar Reporter

If Hurricane Matthew stays on its current track, it will make landfall in Brevard County early Friday morning, with wind speeds up to 145 miles per hour. 

Starting Thursday night, Orange County could receive hurricane-force wind gusts of up to 90 miles per hour.

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs has declared a state of local emergency to allow the county to support the community with extra resources.
Residents are asked not to drive on Orange County roads starting 6 p.m. Thursday. Once the storm passes, residents are also asked to stay off of the roads so the personnel can assess the damage. 

Manufactured homes in Orange County are urged to evacuate, and Orange County Fire Rescue is currently going door to door, encouraging residents to seek shelter. 

Starting at 8 p.m. Thursday, flights will not leave Orlando International Airport.



Orange County is working to keep residents informed. Here are some resources you can use to get the latest updates on Hurricane Matthew.

For all updates, visit

Download the OCFL Alert app on your phone to receive alerts if you use power. Be sure to charge your phone before the storm arrives, to ensure you will have full battery if you lose power. 


Shelters open at 1 p.m. Call (407) 836-9319 for more information. 


Apopka High, 555 Martin St., Apopka

Corner Lake Middle, 1700 Chuluota Road, Orlando

Timber Creek High School, 1001 Avalon Park S. Blvd., Orlando.

Odyssey Middle School, 9290 Lee Vista Blvd., Orlando 

Bithlo Community Park, 18501 Washington Ave, Orlando. (Pet Friendly)

Barnett Park, 4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando (Pet Friendly)


Where to get sandbags:

Weather pending, these locations are open until 3 p.m. 

3258 Clarcona Road, Apopka

18753 Old Cheney Highway, Bithlo

2530 N. Forsyth Road, Orlando

4200 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando

11442 Intermodal Way, Orlando

4631 Young Pine Road, Orlando

644 Beulah Road, Winter Garden

3400 Golden Gem Road, Apopka

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