People began heading to shelters Thursday in Miami-Dade County ahead of Hurricane Irma.
Local 10 News reporter Neki Mohan was at the hurricane shelter at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition early Thursday as only a few people were resting there.
"I don’t want to go through that experience again, you know. We live in a low-lying area," one man said.
So far, 120 people have registered to stay at the shelter during the storm, but the facility can hold up to 500 people and 100 pets.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez urged residents to use the shelters as a last resort.
"These shelters should be the refuge of last resort for people who truly have no place to go," Gimenez said on Wednesday. "We encourage everyone to provide assistance to family, co-workers, friends who are on the evacuation zone."
Gimenez has ordered about 100,000 residents to leave their homes on barrier islands by Thursday afternoon.
The evacuation orders issued affect residents in Miami Beach, Key Biscayne and other coastal areas in Zones A and B that are vulnerable to storm surge.
Below is a list of shelters currently open in Miami-Dade County:
North Miami Beach Senior High at 1247 NE 167 St.
South Miami Senior at 6856 SW 53 St.
Felix Varela Senior at 15255 SW 96 St.
The Miami-Dade County Fair and Exhibition at 10901 Coral Way, in Miami-Dade's Tamiami area. This shelter welcomes one pet per evacuee.
This BBSNews article originally appeared on News | WPLG.