Manatee Sheriff issues 24-hour curfew: 3 p.m. today until 3 p.m. tomorrow

  • Sep 10, 2017

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Sept. 10, 2017) – Manatee Sheriff Rick Wells issued a 24-hour mandatory curfew on local roads beginning today at 3 p.m. and Manatee County officials urged caution and safety as Hurricane Irma approaches Manatee County.

"After this storm passes, there will be downed trees and power lines," Wells said. "Conditions will be unsafe and we want to protect citizens from a situation they cannot control. We will not tolerate sightseers wanting to take a look at the damage and ride into neighborhoods to see what the storm has done to the community. Until 3 p.m. tomorrow stay off of the roads.

"We will not tolerate looters," Wells said. "They will go to jail. We want to protect citizens and their property." 

The curfew will remain in effect until 3 p.m. tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 11. 

Commissioner Robin DiSabatino reemphasized a message urging residents to stay in place for the duration of the storm.

"Designate a safe room without any windows and have supplies in there," DiSabatino said. She added that most local shelters are full but Lakewood Ranch High School has now opened as a last resort shelter. Pets will be allowed at the shelter. 

U.S. Congressman Vern Buchanan pledged federal resources for Irma assistance after it passes and praised local efforts made in preparation during the week leading up to the storm. 

"The most important thing is to protect yourself and your family and your pets," Buchanan said. "You can protect a lot of things but not a life. We'll get through this and come out successful on the other side. Our goal will be to get people back in their homes and get businesses online as quickly as possible enough. 

Potable water to Anna Maria Island was discontinued last night at 10:30 p.m. to protect against the possibility of a storm surge-related water line break that could compromise the County's water system. 

Manatee County Public Safety Director Bob Smith shared a host of preparedness tips as the storm approaches. 
  • If you’re not in an area that is recommended for evacuation, plan to stay at home or where you are and let friends and family know where you are.
  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions. Follow Manatee County’s social media accounts on twitter @ManateeSheriff, @ManateeGov, @MCGPublicSafety and on Facebook. Our Public Information Officers will continue to post regular updates throughout the storm as long as we’ve got power. 
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.


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