45 - Collier County Issues Warnings as Hurricane Irma Hits
Collier County Bureau of Emergency Management Director Dan Summers asked residents to be patient Sunday, as slow-moving Hurricane Irma made its way up the Southwest Florida coast.
“I know folks will be anxious to get home, but please don’t do that until we give you the all clear,” he said. “Stay put. Stay safe. This will go well into the late evening hours or possibly Monday morning.”
Summers said the eye of the storm is supposed to cross close to Naples late Sunday afternoon. The big concern, however, will be storm surge on the back side of the Hurricane Irma.
Summers urged residents to wait for first responders to get out onto the roads after the storm and check for debris and problem areas before trying to make it to their own homes.
There are currently 17,382 people in 28 shelters in Collier County. Summers said the shelters will stay open as long as people need them.
The Collier County Information Hotline remains active 24-hours a day. Residents with questions may call the Hotline at (239) 252-8444 (within Collier County residents may dial 311). Please note, the call volume is very heavy and information can also be found at colliergov.net or social media channels, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/CollierGov) and Twitter (@CollierPIO).