A mandatory evacuation will go into effect at noon Thursday for a portion of Broward County, including those who live in mobile homes or in low-lying areas.
The evacuation is also ordered for people living east of Federal Highway, including the barrier islands.
Broward County officials are holding a news conference at 11:30 a.m. at the Emergency Operations Center to provide updates ahead of Hurricane Irma approaching South Florida.
Officials held a staff briefing earlier in the morning, where they discussed transitional housing after the storm, as they anticipate some people will be forced to leave their homes because of damage.
Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said 14 shelters will open Thursday at noon. All county operations closed at the end of the day Wednesday and will remain closed on Thursday and Friday, Sharief said.
Special needs people who need assistance are asked to call 311 so they can be registered at a shelter.
Officials said there is currently one shelter for special needs people, but they might have to activate a second shelter.
Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport remain open at this time, but passengers are advised to check with their airline or cruise line for possible delays or cancellations.
Broward County Transit will operate on a Saturday schedule on Thursday and Friday.
Express Bus service will continue to operate. Routes 15, 23, 56, and 88 will run on a weekday schedule.
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