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

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...

Comments

blargg Sep 9, 2017 6:34 AM Permalink

If only they had had several days' warning and gas stations could have raised prices to cover express shipment of extra gasoline into the area.

mabuhay1 Sep 9, 2017 1:34 AM Permalink

Another Government fiasco in the making.  They always do this, these mandantory evacuations.   Yes, evacuate trailers and low lying areas, but leave people alone who are in sound buidlingsin non-flood areas.  Of course, high rise buildings are prone to wind damage as well, which is another good reason not to live in one of those "Mile High" condos or on one of the Barrier Islands along the coast.  Those situations are ready made for a catastrophy to happen anyway, so anyone in one of those situations that does not self evacuate to a safe shelter deserves what happens.  Well made houses in non-flood areas can withstand most hurricanes as long as they are not located right on the coast.  For the few Super Storms that come around, all communities in Florida should have a few strong Hurricane Shelters built, with more  and stronger shelters in areas more prone to Hurricane damage.  These facilities could be multiuse, so that they would stay busy when not in use as shelters.

perchprism Sep 8, 2017 9:03 PM Permalink

  I was worried a few days ago that this monster might run up I-40 from Wilmington to Raleigh, like Fran did in '96.   Luckily it looks now like it's going to pass harmlessly into Florida and beyond up to Tennessee. Thank Ghod!!  

QIG Sep 8, 2017 9:08 PM Permalink

The mayor is a merchant of fear and an idiot. The wind is going to hit 65 mph, max. We have that here in NH along the coast frequently. His use of terms like "Nuclear Hurricane" show how ignorant he is. His "leadership" has buffaloed 650,000 stupid and innocent  and naive people to run this way and that at a cost, and there will probably be more death on the roads that by any weather "event". When oh when are the American people going to grow up and kick these libtard assholes out of positions of authority, and tell them to leave us alone with alltheir "good ideas" about how we should live and what we should do? Increadible sorry state of affairs. We would be much better off without "news" than with this hyoed up crap.  Miami is not the Caribbean'. Here is a reliable forecast for everyone to see: VENTURSKY:  https://www.ventusky.com/miami   max winds 70, at teh oputside. This is a dying wind storm when it gets to America.

Stud Duck QIG Sep 8, 2017 11:35 PM Permalink

Pal, I was down there as an adjuster in 92 after Andrew. There ain;t any of the fucker that did the ride out in Andrew gonna to that again! They all had a "I thought I was gonna die story" and the tears and fright returned in telling the story!! That was 20 years ago, but I assure you they are not going to do that again EVER!!My favorite of all those stories was a young early thirties guy and his wife, telling e about it being pitch black, the hosue coming apart and they took shelter in the closet under a stairway. He, his wife and 2 little girls experienced 5 hours of 165 mph wind howling/screaming with them screaming and the door on the closet trying to rip out his hands holding it!!Nah, those cats ain;t gonna do that again! My relative that took Andrew at a Cat3 in Ft Meyers are already evacuated to North Florida, moving west tommarrow. Leaving a million dollar mansion onthe coast, all thier rental protperty, father and son back there, it is pretty freaky to those that have done it. Reading your rant made me laugh!!

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redmudhooch Sep 8, 2017 7:49 PM Permalink

All these folks from Florida are coming to GA, I seen them today lined up at Kroger like sheep trying to get gas.These fuckers better return home after this shit, you know the types that live in Florida and have the money to leave, yeah, they complain a lot.We don't need any more complainer types in GA. Damn you Irma!

Mr Perspective Sep 8, 2017 2:53 PM Permalink

Pathetic, irresponsible, lying terrorist media. The pictures they show you here to emotionally connect you and over-ride rational thought from your mind were taken, at the latest, TWO DAYS AGO. Here is the file location for the first one of them (and they are all dated the same): http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user330 3/imageroot/2017/09/06/20170907_evac6.jpg Notice the date included in the file info "09/06/2017". WEDNESDAY. Even the NOAA map is from Thursday morning for fuckssake. You would think with all the free time due to "no gas and it's gridlock..people stranded on the sides of the highway...with little kids out on the grass. No one can help them.(huh? no one can help them? WTF?)" someone would snap a few current pictures and post them on twitter or something. The terrorist media so loves to litter up their "narratives" with twitter comments these days don't they? But no, the only twitter they show is a line at a gas station (who wouldn't expect that? and it's at night no less) and an empty street. Two days in a row now we have been pummeled with stories of "traffic nightmares" yet no current pictures? Brilliant reporting here. They have been lying to you for so long they don't have a clue as to how to produce actual news any more. You are witnessing public disservice at it finest here folks.

surf@jm Sep 8, 2017 12:57 PM Permalink

Virginia installed baricades that come down and block on ramps, so they could use both sides of the interstate for one way evacuations....Florida has no such system.......

BustainMovealota Sep 8, 2017 11:42 AM Permalink

Ahh, now the dumbass's are starting to move.  The ones that will put the lives of emergency/rescue workers at risk because they will be locked on the highway with no preps or a clue.

l1950 Sep 8, 2017 11:16 AM Permalink

"Greatest Evacuation In History" - 650,000Not so: September 23, 2005 – Hurricane Rita makes landfall as a Category 3 hurricane on the border between Louisiana and Texas on September 23.[104] In preparation of its landfall, the largest evacuation in United States history takes place, with over 3 million people evacuating inland.[105] At one point during the storm, 1 million energy customers lose power due to outages.[106] Rita causes a peak of 10.48 in (266 mm) in Center.[18][107] Major flooding is reported in Port Arthur and Beaumont. Offshore oil platforms throughout Rita's path also suffer significant damage, though the refineries of Houston, originally thought to be at risk, escape the brunt of the storm. Many of the indirect deaths linked to Rita are caused by a single bus fire in mass evacuations out of Houston.[104] Rita causes 59 deaths in the state all told.[1]

Tiwin l1950 Sep 8, 2017 3:18 PM Permalink

When I was chasing Hurricane Andrew  in 1992 I personally counted over 800, 000 people going the opposite way on the freeway. Gospel truth.When I was chasing Floyd in 1999 I heard on the car radio over 2 million people were evacuating , and the opposite side of the freeway sure did look like it.

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Honest Sam l1950 Sep 8, 2017 12:27 PM Permalink

Accuracy in reporting was made illegal in the runup to the 2016 election. It's sufficient now to claim that "I could have been right if only..." and therefore, forms the narrative.Have you heard of one single one of these pundits apologizing for being completely wrong and didn't double down?It's enough to just wish something to be so.  It doesn't have to actually happen.Good catch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtrrZUOU_UU

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Boubou Sep 8, 2017 10:34 AM Permalink

Trump is asking Irma how to flatten a third world shit hole without using nukes.Trump denies allegations the dread lethal yellowing tropical palm disease started in his hair.Trump still hopes immigration control at Miami will stop Irma using extreme vetting.Snowflake accuse Irma of racism for targeting black nations, but will give her a pass.Provided she does no verbal micro agressions , changes her name to Ian and chooses where to dump rain on a daily basis.

ILIKEMITTENS Sep 8, 2017 10:25 AM Permalink

THE MOST powerful EVER! EVER! The MOST EXPENSIVE EVER! EVER! Why are ussa fucktards so obsessed with things being the bigest, baddest, yada yada yada. I mean, im not sur.....ooooohhhhh! Oooooohh! Loook! A squirrel! OMG! WTF! You shouldve seen the size of that.......uummmm...uuuuuhhhhh.......what were we talking about? 

Tiwin ILIKEMITTENS Sep 8, 2017 3:14 PM Permalink

USSA fucktards are like that from watching JEW DOMINATED MEDIA since birth-They are brainwashed oozing blobs of political correctness, whether its the global warming  no dixie flags tranny San franciscoers or the Bible Thumping Trumpers, they are ALL the same. Their politicall views ALL FALL WITHIN THE ACCEPTABLE REANGE of correctness.JEW Media brainwashed to hate Muslim never Fear the Police are Here  OMG a HUrRRICANE!!!!! in SEPTEMBER!!!!!!!   OMG we are ALL GONNA DIE!!!!After the break , Trannies in the ladies bathroom: Are YOU safe???Cut to pharma commercial

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Cash Is King ILIKEMITTENS Sep 8, 2017 11:54 AM Permalink

Disaster porn generates huge ad revs. 10 mins ago CNN proclaiming 20 feet storm surge (as in under 20 feet of water) where a quick flip of the channel we land on MSNBC who claims 6-10. CNN won't be outdone by a bunch of pasty white liberal fks like MSNBC! Watch this monster become a 2-3 and they'll all be saying it's better to be safe than sorry. They won't say "sorry" however for scaring the weakest of weak into a full blown panic!

OT, maybe not, but ZH, why in the hell do I have to compete with pop up ads while trying to comment? Is there no safe place on this site you won't jam ads on? I mean, come on guys? The comment section?

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sgorem Sep 8, 2017 9:49 AM Permalink

imo ALL the critters that live in trailers in FLOR-a-DUH should be padlocked inside their "homes", for safety reasons of course....<S>....and meanwhile in other promising news, ALL of the ULTRA LIBERAL West Coast States are burning to the ground from Washington to Southern California, a precursor to where they will be living for ETERNITY, hopefully.............

HarryKallahan Sep 8, 2017 9:25 AM Permalink

. Relax folks.It's just a good old-fashion whoop aas hurricane.A few days of clean-up and everything will be...huh?What's that?  You bought a house 50 feet from the water in a flood plain ???Aha. AAAhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah.AAAAAAAAAAAAhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.Ahahahaha.Aha.. 

Bricker Sep 8, 2017 7:54 AM Permalink

This is what happens to people who for 50 years have relied on government assistnce and for help in every aspect of life. When people dont know how to problem solve getting out of town, you should die because its plain stupidity

Tiwin Village-idiot Sep 8, 2017 3:07 PM Permalink

Yeah , the stupid white folks who stay in Northern Cities-killed by dindus on the street. They will CERTAINLY outnumber the number of deaths caused in America by hurricane MediaHype 2017.You should have MOVED to the suburbs as soon as the first tribesters were seen or the first dindu moved within 5 miles.STUPID FUCKERS living where you do.You were too stupid to evacuatesarc.

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HarryKallahan Bricker Sep 8, 2017 9:32 AM Permalink

.Most didn't leave because they have "Dreamers" living next door.You know... the "innocent children" Dreamers.The "dreamers" who will break in to your home and steal the electrical wiring and copper plumbing from inside your walls, the second you evacuated.All for a storm that, for the most part, will rip a few shingles off your roof and wreck your lawn furniture. . 

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Boubou NickPeeMe Sep 8, 2017 10:26 AM Permalink

That's how it was in Antigua up until the seventies. All you had was people with an eye on the barometer and occasional reports from ships viashort wave radio. At least you didn't spend two weeks in hyper vigilance   and everyone was calm . The vivid coverage in living color , and reporters foaming atthe mouth is pretty insane , but that's what's become of our culture.

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