Floridians Evacuate as Hurricane Irma Approach

Millions evacuate; many others take shelter

Approximately 5.6 million Floridians have either been ordered to evacuate or advised to leave voluntarily, the Florida Division of Emergency Management told ABC News late Friday night. When evacuation orders in South Carolina and Georgia are included, the number exceeds six million.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for 94 counties in his state, and South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued mandatory evacuations for barrier islands in Colleton, Beaufort and Jasper.

There are facilities to shelter one million people in Florida, a FEMA spokesperson told ABC News, although there was a question whether there is enough staffing to serve all of those in shelters.

More people are expected to go to shelters on Florida’s west coast, where some are already at capacity, Gov. Rick Scott said in a press conference Friday night.

More shelters are opening in Lee County in the Fort Myers area — and in Collier County, in the Naples area, Scott said.

Palm Beach County has issued a curfew to prevent looting and other criminal activity as the storm approaches, according to a press release. The curfew goes into effect Saturday at 3 p.m. It is unclear when it will be lifted.

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