Is Manatee County on lockdown?


Manatee County Administrator Dr. Scott Hopes announced Wednesday that all first responders have been evacuated.

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — The Manatee County government announced at 10:38 a.m. Wednesday that the county was in lockdown ahead of the impending landfall of Hurricane Ian.

According to a Posting on Twitter county, all shelters have closed and emergency services will not be available until the storm subsides.

County Administrator Dr Scott Hopes stressed in a press briefing the importance of sheltering in place for safety.

“Now is the time to take cover,” Hopes said.

Hopes said law enforcement has already evacuated the county’s islands. He also warned the public of post-storm fallout, including downed power lines, fallen trees and flooding.

Hopes said residents should not leave their homes even after the storm has passed due to the aforementioned dangers. The county will notify residents when it is safe to leave the shelter.

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