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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Evacuation: Due to
intensified conditions of
Hurricane Matthew, St.
Johns County expanded the
mandatory evacuation order
for 6 a.m. Thursday for all
of Evacuation Zones A and
B, which now includes the
entire city of St. Augustine
and the town of Hastings.
Residents living in boats,
RVs, and mobile homes
throughout St. Johns County
are also included in the
evacuation order. Residents
who are able to evacuate
and are not utilizing a St.
Johns County shelter should
begin evacuating as soon
as possible prior to the
evacuation which started at
6 a.m. on Thursday in order
to avoid traffic congestion.
For evacuation information,
including route maps and
evacuations zones, go
to the St. Johns County
Emergency Management
website at www.
sjcemergencymanagement.
PETER.WILLOTT@STAUGUSTINE.COM org/evacinfo.html.
Residents fill sandbag in Ron Parker Park in St. Augustine Beach on Thursday in advance of Hurricane Matthew. Curfew: St. Johns County

» Cities, county prepare for the worst Residents find refuge in schools
law enforcements agencies
announced a curfew in
effect from 8 p.m. Thursday
to 6 a.m. Friday for the City
Public safety officials made the water supply during Hurri- By Jake Martin of St. Augustine Beach, the
last-minute attempts to help evac- cane Matthew, and provide a safe jake.martin@staugustine.com City of St. Augustine and
uate St. Johns County residents working environment for the util- portions of St. Johns County
on Thursday, and warnings went ity staff members of all three enti- They couldn’t stay, so they left. lying east of the Intracoastal
out to those planning to stay in ties,” according to St. Johns Coun- That was the story of many resi- Waterway on the barrier
areas that were under mandatory ty. “Water utility services will not dents seeking shelter from Hur- islands. The curfew will
evacuation. be reinstated until staff is able to ricane Matthew on Thursday at remain in effect nightly until
Among other preparations, St. inspect systems, assess damage, Timberlin Creek Elementary. further notice.
Johns County opened shelters and make any necessary repairs, and By 10:45 a.m., the pet-friendly christina.kelso@staugustine.com A curfew order mandates
told residents in barrier islands provide a safe and healthy water emergency shelter location al- Eight-year-old Arianna Petrocine that anyone on the street
east of the Intracoastal Waterway supply to customers of St. Johns ready checked in 52 people and draws on the floor of the St. may be required to produce
(where evacuations had been or- County, the City of St. Augustine, 42 pets — mostly dogs and some Johns County Pet Friendly Shelter identification to law
dered) to expect their water and and JEA.” cats, and even a few birds. The at Timberlin Creek Elementary enforcement officers to
sewer service to be suspended af- Also, water outages and failures shelter was staffed by St. Johns School on Thursday after verify their address and
ter 8 p.m. Thursday. It was unclear could happen throughout evacua- County officials from several evacuating her Crescent Beach purpose for being in the
when it would be reconnected. tion zones during Hurricane Mat- agencies, including Animal Con- home with her parents, Hazel area. Law enforcement
St. Johns County Utility, City thew and beyond, and a boil water trol, Emergency Management Petrocine and Richard Petrocine. agencies of the city of
of St. Augustine Utility and JEA notice will be in effect once ser- and the Sheriff’s Office. St. Augustine Beach, city
Utility customers are included vice is reinstated, according to the Crescent Beach resident Rich- Petrocine, a seven-year resi- of St. Augustine and St.
in the suspension (which covers county. ard Petrocine, with wife Hazel dent originally from New York, Johns County worked in
Vilano Beach, Anastasia Island Road and bridge closures are and their daughter Arianna, said said there wasn’t much he could conjunction to develop an
and Ponte Vedra Beach — Ponte also possible. there wasn’t any other choice do to prepare his home near the executive order signed by St.
Vedra or Nocatee excluded). People were also warned that but to leave home once St. Johns ocean for the storm’s expect- Johns County Administrator
“Services are being ceased to staying behind in an area ordered County issued its mandatory ed impact. He also questioned Michael Wanchick. For
ensure integrity of the water and to evacuate could, or would, mean evacuation order for the area ef- whether it would have made any information, call 824-5550
wastewater systems serving St. loss of access to fire-rescue, law- fective Thursday. Tagging along difference. or go to www.sjcfl.us.
Johns County, minimize poten- was their 4-year-old Shih Tzu ter- Shelters: St. Johns County
tial damage to facilities, protect Please see READY/4a rier mix named Romeo. Please see SHELTER/4A has opened four additional
shelters Thursday and
continues to monitor shelter

Hurricane menaces Florida
WV
capacity. Shelters include:
KY VA Hurricane Matthew n Pacetti Bay Middle School,
245 Meadowlark Lane
Hurricane projection, times are EDT (special needs)
TN

» Millions forced to
NC n Timberlin Creek
people. We should expect the Elementary School, 555 Pine
same impact in Florida,” Gov. SC Tree Lane (pet-friendly)
evacuate before storm Rick Scott said as the skies began n South Woods Elementary
darkening from Matthew’s outer GA Sun. / 8 a.m. School (pet-friendly)
By Mike Schneider and Kelli Kennedy bands of rain. Sat. / 8 a.m. n Mill Creek Elementary
Associated Press The hurricane gained fury as it School, 3750 International
closed in, growing from a possibly Mon. / 8 a.m. Golf Parkway
CAPE CANAVERAL — Leav- devastating Category 3 storm to a n Pedro Menendez High
ing more than 100 dead in its wake Category 4 by late morning. School, 600 State Road
Fri. / 8 a.m. Tues. / 8 a.m.
across the Caribbean, Hurricane It was expected to scrape nearly FL 206 W. (AT CAPACITY)
Matthew steamed toward heavily the entire length of Florida’s At- n Osceola Elementary
populated Florida with terrifying lantic coast beginning Thursday DETAIL School, 1605 Osceola
AREA
winds of 140 mph Thursday, and evening. From there, forecasters Elementary Parkway
2 million people across the South- said, it would most likely push Thur. n Otis Mason Elementary
east were warned to flee inland. along the coast of Georgia and 250 km School, 2300 State Road 207
It was the most powerful storm South Carolina before veering out n Bartram Trail High School,
250 miles
to threaten the U.S. Atlantic coast to sea. 7399 Longleaf Pine Parkway
in more than a decade. Source: NOAA, NHC
Graphic: Tribune News Service
“The storm has already killed Please see florida/8A Please see CLOSURES/8A

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