While Hurricane Irma is looking like less of a direct threat to Palm Beach County, various city officials still urge residents to stay put and stay safe.
Irma can still deliver tropical storm winds and even hurricane-force gusts to the county.
As of 12:30 p.m. today, there were roughly 16,000 people in county shelters. With the county-wide curfew closing in at 3 p.m., most shelters are still open. Some residents are reacting to the latest Irma news by leaving.
Here’s an update from various shelters:
Updates from Forest Hill High School:
(6901 Parker Ave, West Palm Beach)
Others decide to leave shelter before the curfew takes affect at 3 p.m. today:
People continue to leave shelter Forest Hill HS "My house is secure and I saw the hurricane is going to Tampa," said Juan Torres off cam. pic.twitter.com/miLZV1O3EJ— Julio Poletti (@juliopoletti) September 9, 2017
And here’s what officials are saying to people who leave:
Here’s one way to keep children occupied while waiting out the storm:
Others have more concerns than just Hurricane Irma:
Updates from Palm Beach Central High School:
(8499 Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington)
Lizzie nelson, 22, is from West Midlands England but moved to West Palm three weeks ago and has been an employee at The Breakers for four days. She's sitting in the courtyard listening to music at Palm Beach Central High School.
Comically, she says, "I don't know what's worse. The humidity or the women that snore louder than my mother which I didn't know was humanly possible. When one stops the other one starts, then you've got someone in another corner listening to whale music. It's a nightmare!"
If you still plan to go to Palm Beach Central High School, here’s a helpful tip:
People are hungry. If you're headed to a shelter this afternoon, pack as many foods as you can. Shelters are doing their best. pic.twitter.com/38PWTqFAGd— Corvaya Jeffries (@CorvayaCMG) September 9, 2017
Life inside the shelter, as people wait for the storm to arrive:
Around 16 hours ago, residents arriving at shelter:
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