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20 MILLION told to prepare to evacuate Florida

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Copperbeech33 Fri 08-Sep-17 21:15:49

that would rank as the biggest evacuation ever, surely

EnidNextDoor Fri 08-Sep-17 21:25:07

Half a million I heard. Who said 20 million?

Copperbeech33 Fri 08-Sep-17 21:26:12

Half a million have already evacuated, further 20 million have been told to prepare to. Bbc news, just now.

YorkieButtons Fri 08-Sep-17 21:26:54

Where the hell do 20 million people go???

NoWordForFluffy Fri 08-Sep-17 21:29:04

Into the world's biggest tailback, I imagine.

Surely it's better to find a cellar etc than be in the open trying to escape?

Akire Fri 08-Sep-17 21:33:07

They said few days ago people going Thursday and didn't want anyone travelling Saturday as high winds rain start and to late by Sunday. Yes really hope 20m have yet to leave

BeachyKeen Fri 08-Sep-17 21:33:17

In a cellar, you can end up with flooding, or the house down on top of you. Even if you get through the storm ok, there will be still no power, no fresh water, no gas or food available, and no emergency service if something does happen (ie heart attack)
It's better to get out and away, even if you are sleeping in your car

ThroughThickAndThin01 Fri 08-Sep-17 21:34:19

Can't imagine it. It must be absolute chaos.

Pestilentialone Fri 08-Sep-17 21:35:45

They are being asked to evacuate 10s of miles not 100s, ie to the nearest shelters. It would be impossible to move that many people out of the state by road when they have no fuel.

Copperbeech33 Fri 08-Sep-17 21:37:18

I don't think they are all on the move right now, they have just been told to prepare to go, but to be honest if it was me an my kids, I'd be on the road right now

Phosphorus Fri 08-Sep-17 21:37:52

20 million people are being told to prepare to evacuate.

It won't be necessary for all 20 million to do so. It depends on where the storm hits.

Wellysocksbox Fri 08-Sep-17 21:57:37

Had anyone seen the film The Day After Tomorrow?

NoWordForFluffy Fri 08-Sep-17 22:03:36

Ah, I didn't realise they were going such a short distance. That's totally different then! Still a huge amount of people, but you'd think it's doable.

NYConcreteJungle Fri 08-Sep-17 22:05:04

Had anyone seen the film The Day After Tomorrow?


McTufty Fri 08-Sep-17 22:05:29

This whole thing is horrifying on so many levels.

Copperbeech33 Fri 08-Sep-17 22:06:21

The inhabitants have been told to assume a worst case scenario in which southern Florida could be uninhabitable for months.

Embekkisson1 Fri 08-Sep-17 22:06:26

Where do the tv crews and journalists go for the night ?

Pestilentialone Fri 08-Sep-17 22:08:54

Local evacuation map The red zone has been evacuated and everybody is on alert. People on very low lying areas, people with special needs and mobile homes are included in the red zone. Evacuation centres are marked (mainly schools)

MrsCornish Fri 08-Sep-17 22:12:07

I've been talking to my friend who lives near tampa. I asked why she hadn't left (rude!) but the reality is they still don't know where it will hit, she's not specifically in a flood zone... But she did say all water batteries and fuel were gone within minutes of the news arriving . She feels prepared... and she's with all her loved ones

annandale Fri 08-Sep-17 22:14:03

Reminds me of some sniffy UK comments about efforts to deal with Hurricane Katrina, when the area under disaster declaration was the size of the UK. I'don't like to see how we coped with the sheer scale of disasters like that.

BlackeyedSusan Fri 08-Sep-17 22:19:25

at least they are able to drive/bus out not having to evacuate by boat from an already devastated island as another bloody hurricane is following the first one.. the day after tomorrow still shit though.

Blackandpurple Fri 08-Sep-17 22:22:56

That's what Ive been asking myself. Where do they all go??

NYConcreteJungle Fri 08-Sep-17 22:25:59

They won't all be able to get out and as you say where do they go? Arizona?confused

Chewbecca Fri 08-Sep-17 22:29:35

I originally thought they were being moved 100s miles but in Fort Lauderdale where I gave a close relative, it is just people v close to the coast or in flimsy homes and they just move into allocated schools/hospitals/public buildings nearby.

CatastropheKate Fri 08-Sep-17 22:31:50

It's not the whole of Florida, just specific areas, and evacuation centres are set up in stadiums and schools.

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