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Posted September 10, 2017 | 1:57 AM

Thousands Flock to Hillsborough Shelters

Hurricane Irma Update No. 19

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Sept. 9, 2017) - More than 17,000 people had taken refuge in Hillsborough County shelters by Saturday evening.

A mandatory evacuation for Zone A went into effect Saturday morning. Residents should finish preparing tonight and have all their plans in place tomorrow morning. Starting at 8 a.m. Sunday morning, strong tropical force winds are expected to impact our area.

These shelters are currently OPEN:

  • Armwood High School, 12000 U.S. 92 (wheelchair accessible)
  • Barrington Middle School, 5925 Village Center Drive, Lithia (wheelchair-accessible)
  • Bartels Middle School, 9020 Imperial Oak Blvd., Tampa (pet-friendly)
  • Benito Middle School, 10101 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa (wheelchair-accessible)
  • Bevis Elementary School, 5720 Osprey Ridge Drive, Lithia
  • Bloomingdale High School, 1700 East Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico
  • Cannella Elementary School, 10707 Nixon Road, Tampa
  • Carrollwood Elementary School, 3516 McFarland Rd., Tampa (wheelchair-accessible)
  • Chiles Elementary School, 16541 Tampa Palms Blvd. W, Tampa
  • Cimino Elementary School, 4329 Culbreath Road, Valrico
  • Collins Elementary School, 12424 Summerfield Blvd., Riverview
  • Cork Elementary School, 3501 N. Cork Rd., Plant City
  • Heritage Elementary School, 18201, East Meadows Road, Tampa
  • Knights Elementary School, 4815 N. Keene Road, Plant City
  • Lake Magdalene Elementary School, 2002 Pine Lake Drive, Tampa
  • Marshall Middle School, 18 South Maryland Ave., Plant City (wheelchair-accessible)
  • McKitrick Elementary School, 5503 Lutz Lake Fern Road, Lutz
  • McLane Middle School, 306 N. Knights Ave., Brandon
  • Mulrennan Middle School, 4215 Durant Road, Tampa (wheelchair-accessible)
  • Nelson Elementary School, 5413 Durant Road, Tampa
  • Newsome High School, 16510 Fish Hawk Blvd., Lithia (wheelchair-accessible)
  • Pride Elementary School, 18271 Kinnan St., Tampa
  • Reddick Elementary School, 325 West Lake Drive, Wimauma (wheelchair-accessible)
  • The Regent, 6437 Watson Road, Riverview (special needs only)
  • Sessums Elementary, 11525 Ramble Creek Drive, Riverview
  • Sgt. Paul Smith Middle School, 14303 Citrus Pointe Drive, Tampa (pet friendly)
  • Stowers Elementary School, 13915 Barrington Stowers Drive, Lithia
  • Tomlin Middle School, 501 N. Woodrow Wilson, Plant City (wheelchair-accessible)
  • Wilson Elementary School, 702 English St., Plant City

These shelters are now FULL:

  • Brandon High School, 1101 Victoria Street, Brandon
  • Burnett Middle School, 1010 N Kingsway Road, Seffner
  • Cypress Creek Elementary School, 400 19th Ave NE, Ruskin
  • Greco Middle School, 6925 East Fowler Ave, Temple Terrace
  • Hammond Elementary School, 8008 N Mobley Road, Odessa
  • Lockhart Elementary School, 3719 N. 17th St., Tampa
  • Middleton High School, 4801 N 22nd Street, Tampa
  • Pizzo Elementary School, 11701 Bull Run, Tampa
  • Sheehy Elementary School, 6402 N. 40th St., Tampa
  • Shields Middle School, 15732 Beth Shields Ways, Ruskin (pet-friendly)
  • Simmons Career Center, 1202 W Grant Street, Plant City
  • SunDome at USF, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa (special needs only)
  • Summerfield Crossings Elementary School, 11050 Fairway Meadow Drive, Riverview
  • Turkey Creek Middle School, 5005 Turkey Creek Road, Plant City
  • Valrico Elementary School, 609 South Miller Road, Valrico
  • Wharton High School, 20150 Bruce B. Downs, Tampa (pet-friendly) (wheelchair-accessible)

Special-needs shelters are only for residents with medical issues that require electricity assistance or cognitive issues that would not be supported in a general population shelter.

Residents should bring only essential items including: blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, and air mattresses; clothing and toiletries; prescriptions; special dietary foods and favorite snacks; diapers, bottles, and other baby supplies; important paperwork in a waterproof container. Cards, books, and games can help pass the time, especially for young children.

Residents bringing pets to a pet-friendly shelter must bring a sturdy carrier for each pet that allows room for the pet to stand up and move around, as well as a collar with a leash, and supplies for each pet to last seven days. More information on how residents can prepare their pets can be found at HCFLGov.net/residents/animals-and-pets/pet-ownership/pet-disaster-planning.

Residents can confirm evacuation zones and register for HCFL Alert, Hillsborough County’s official public notification system, at HCFLGov.net/StaySafe or by calling (813) 272-5900.

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