"Greatest Evacuation In History" - 650,000 Ordered To Leave Florida

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In what spokesman Michael Hernandez describes as "the biggest evacuation in history," Miami-Dade has expanded its mandatory evacuations orders to Zone C, forcing over 650,000 to leave Florida in a "traffic nightmare" as Cat-5 Hurricane Irma bears down.

An earlier order included just Miami Beach, other low-lying and barrier island areas and all mobile-home residents, but as the storm grew in intensity and the cone of uncertainty narrowed, County Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued the order this afternoon expanded to Zone C.

The expansion now covers Zone B, which encompasses Brickell, Miami’s downtown area and South-Dade, including parts of Cutler Bay, Florida City and Homestead. Evacuation orders also touch Zone C, which includes parts of Coral Gables, South Miami, Miami Shores and North Miami Beach.

More than 650,000 residents are reportedly subject to the mandatory evacuation order – that’s up from the 200,000 who were asked to leave to areas outside of evacuation Zones A and B, Wednesday.

Downtown Miami is described as "a ghost town"...

As the mass exodus begins...

Lines at gas stations were evident everywhere...

As AP reports on resident exclaiming:

"There was no gas and it's gridlock. People are stranded on the sides of the highway," she said.


"It's 92 degrees out and little kids are out on the grass on the side of the road. No one can help them."

Irma's eventual path and Florida's fate depends on when and how sharp the powerful hurricane takes a right turn, National Weather Service Director Louis Uccellini said.

"It has become more likely that Irma will make landfall in southern Florida as a dangerous major hurricane," the Hurricane Center said in a forecast discussion Thursday afternoon.

The last Category 5 storm to hit Florida was Andrew in 1992. Its winds topped 165 mph (265 kph), killing 65 people and inflicting $26 billion in damage. It was at the time the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history.

U.S. Air Force Reserve weather officer Maj. Jeremy DeHart flew through the eye of Irma at 10,000 feet Wednesday and through Hurricane Harvey just before it hit Texas last month.

He said Irma's intensity set it apart from other storms.

"Spectacular is the word that keeps coming to mind. Pictures don't do it justice. Satellite images can't do it justice," DeHart said.

Still unsure...Miami-Dade made it simple...

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spieslikeus's picture

Never go full.....nevermind, you people on the beach just go ahead.

besnook's picture

alligator alley or the tamiami trail and up the west coast to birmingham, alabama

Barney Fife's picture

Jammed up. No way out. 

shovelhead's picture


Stuck with the gators during a cat 4 hurricane.

"Well, everything was OK until the gator took Ma.Then poor lil Billy...gator only got half of him."

greenskeeper carl's picture

Probably be just fine an hour or so inland. If I was 20 miles or so inland and not in a flood zone, Id be staying put. How do none of these people know how to take care of themselves? Stranded on the side of the highway, with kids? Come on. Why aren't there any adults left in this country? Nothing but a bunch of adult sized children who wait til the last minute for everything.

tmosley's picture

Good for the storm surge. The wind is the other big problem. Not a lot of buildings that can stand up to 180mph winds.

PrezTrump's picture

miami isnt barbuda.  construction quality counts.

tmosley's picture

Most construction there is rated for 140mph winds, IIRC. I bought a metal building that was supposed to go to Miami years ago (at a discount--back when their RE market collapsed). Has withstood West Texas winds admirably. Has yet to be tested by a tornado.

I'd say the chances of it being able to withstand 180 mph winds with gusts up to 200 for 30 minutes are well under 50%. Wood frame shit doesn't stand a chance.

Yes, construction quality counts, but when your building it getting hit with flying tanker trucks, that kind of goes out the steel shutters.

Moe Hamhead's picture

20 miles inland IS a flood zone -- it's called The Everglades!  Only thing staying put there is the alligators.

garcam123's picture

AHHHHHHHH.............DDDDUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHHHH!  The very best thing to have to recieve that hurricane IS THE EVERGLADES! 

Perfectly designed to absorb a hugh storm surge!

So for all you doom porn slugs.....it's what nature does........ifr it's fucked up by posphate miners and others........yer on yer own!

slightlyskeptical's picture

Keep a boat nearby for when the dike breaks. 

consider me gone's picture

Stuart. Good luck. Got kayak?

greenskeeper carl's picture

Good luck, bro. At this point you probably couldn't leave if you wanted to


Let me give you some perspective

I live in NW Houston and I'm 90 miles from the coast. Hurricane Ike was Cat 3 that weakened as he came ashore 30 miles east of Galveston.  We were on the weaker side of the storm and my home had 80 mph winds that took some roofs offs around me. 

Rockport had winds of 132 mph recorded. Go look at the pictures  This one has gusts over 200 which is winds speeds 60-80 mph stronger than Ike.

I hour inland is 60 miles taking the full brunt of a storm. Write your name and SS# on your arm because if you get hit with the NE side of the eyewall you aint coming out of this alive unless you are in a bunker designed for a tornado. I doubt many homes are designed for this


slightlyskeptical's picture

Very wrong. Historically very few people ever die from the winds. It is the water that gets them. 

tmosley's picture

Historically, most hurricanes don't have 180 mph winds.

KFBR392's picture

exactly. i was in the woodlands during ike and 90 mph sustained winds was quite scary and plentu of wind damage. add 70 mph to it and its a disaster in the making. i fear this will go down as the all time champ for destruction. God help the decent folk of Florida and mercy on all the trash...

PrezTrump's picture

youve got some balls guy

11b40's picture

We went through Hugo - in Charlotte, about 200 miles inland.  No one expected what happened.  That monster tore right through Charleston, then Columbia over 100 miles in.  It kept on coming.  At 4:00 in the morning, I thought a freight train was coming through my house.  Outside, big oak trees were being whipped like sawgrass.  One of them split, and dropped a huge limb through my roof, and I didn't even know it until the next morning when I went outside and walked around the house.

What hasn't been discussed much is that these things spin off a lot of tornadoes.  It was devastating, and 5 days without power is a genuine pain in the rump.  Essentially, if you ride one of these things out, your future is a coin toss.

Me.Grimlock's picture

Ditto, but I was living in Myrtle Beach at the time.  You're absolutely right, it sounded like a goddamn freight train.

PrezTrump's picture

ill let you know how it goes.

Winston Churchill's picture

Indeed, but the panic is a perfect trial run for when SHTF.

NotConvicted's picture

10hrs to get from ft. myers to tampa on I75.   there really is nowhere to go by car.

NoPension's picture

I've got brother and sister in law, vacationing in Amelia Island. I called, and suggested leaving early. He said " we're ok, way north, and flying out of Jacksonville on Saturday. "
I sounded like a mother hen....and reminded him the whole fucking state is moving in his direction right now. Airports in Miami and ft lauderdale are shutting down tomorrow. Orlando too. Those folks who need to fly are all going to rush to any functioning airport.

He's going to the beach tomorrow...but thanked me for my concern.

HRH Feant2's picture

Those are the kind of people I stopped calling. Of course they will be the first one banging on your door or screaming bloody murder about "why didn't you warn me?!"

Some people never listen. People with that attitude aren't worth my time or my concern. I look for people that are willing to learn and willing to hear. Those are the people you may be able to help.

Winston Churchill's picture

Flights in are already cancelled, there will be no planes to fly out.

Better to stay put and not be caught in the open.

swmnguy's picture

If I were getting out of Ft. Myers I probably wouldn't do 41 or 75.  Probably take back roads up, like through Arcadia etc. on State and County roads, if I could; making for 27.

But I grew up in the rural Midwest, where there's a road, if only gravel, every mile on a grid.  The whole country isn't like that, and there are place where people live and there's only one way in or out.  That would make me very uncomfortable, I think.

SubjectivObject's picture

I remember traveling those rural grid roads in my late teens with first cars

a rural farm kid I knew introduced me

we would dirve any where without a map (i did keep track with a compass), get lost, but not be actually lost

consider me gone's picture

10 hrs!!!  Wow, I'd go postal if I did that. I'm staying put for better or worse. The good news is I'll get to use my kayak. In my living room.

azusgm's picture

Who says you'll have a living room left?

consider me gone's picture

Douche bag. Do me a favor and just worry about your own comfy ass. Pussy!

Giant Meteor's picture

And that is the point ..

Lots of folks will find they've evacuated into hell ..


Arnold's picture

Meteor, you exceed yourself.

Giant Meteor's picture

Low laying areas , coastal, flood plains, evacuation obviously is prudent for most  those occupying such ground on our over built, coastal areas and shore lines. My point is, at certain point, for others, attempting to outrun, or put ones self in a more favorable location, with a hurricane of this magnitude, actual trajectory unknown, becomes a zero sum game.

Especially so for those that "delayed."

Saw this happen during "super Storm Sandy."

Yes there were people who refused to move and were overtaken by storm surge relatively quickly. These were barrier Island dwellers. Still others fled west, out of the projected path, ended up getting their asses kicked badly, when staying put would of yielded no ill effect ..

No one size fits all I'm afraid ..

Living in a coastal area a number of years I have found, being prepared, prudent, alert, with a bit of old fashinoned luck has been my own preference. I sure as fuck would not be wanting to do "The Road."

I'm more of a defend the hearth and home kind of Meteor .. and don't mix well well the hostiles ..

Kefeer's picture

If this plays out; the trip will be one-way for many.  

Giant Meteor's picture

I don't disagree. Many may find there is little to nothing to come back to. I certainly am not down playing that aspect ..

Moe Hamhead's picture

I'm staying!  It's been crazy. Everyone is boarded up.  The weather has been clear.  I still heard a few hammers and saws tonight on my walk.  But all has really been pretty quiet. And tonight it finally clouded over and the lightning started.  Still no rain though at 10 pm.  It's been clear as I said until this evening, and we're still 2 days until it hits.

Giant Meteor's picture

Good luck to you brother. All the best. Make sure to keep us updated as long, and as much as you can, as your circumstances allow. Will be looking for ya ;)

dogismycopilot's picture

This is going to be awesome!

Freddie's picture

How far south are you?  CBS construction? tile roof?

Geoengineering_Genocide's picture

Correct.  There is no place to go.  The climate modification programs have contaminated everything on Earth, including each breath we take. 


Solar radiation management and stratospheric aerosol spraying are destroying the planet and exterminating all life.  200 species go extinct each day.  Though official agencies deny the ongoing climate engineering, lab tests from around the world prove the lethal heavy metal particulates named in patents for these technologies are raining down on us all and contaminating every breath we take. 

Get educated on this issue and share this information with others.  

www.geoengineeringwatch.org  www.globalskywatch.com 

Conscious Reviver's picture

See?  This proves Geo is on to something.  He's getting the status quo troll response, the ad homin response.

Atmospheric spraying is real. Look at Syrian war videos. There's tons of them on youtube. They don't have no "contrails". The sky is full of all kinds of jets and missles and they don't have magic "contrails" in the sky. Now that this has leaked out, the US is going to have to extend it's stay in Syria to get a spraying program going.

The USAF put out papers in the '90s describing the need to weaponize the weather and how to do it.

Look up "Owning the Weather". That ought to do it.

Good luck to everybody in Florida.

Kefeer's picture

Dane Wigington has a good heart and correct about what is being dumped, but he is over the top on the interpretation...then again he is a Christ hater.  Wait till Jesus uncreate's this fallen world with super-duper heat; a global alarmists wet-dream.  It happens on His time-frame; not ours.

shovelhead's picture

Maybe Jesus is spraying the Earth?

"Fuck Em. I gave em the flood last time...Lets see what mercury will do to em."

The ultimate terrorist. Love me or die.