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Hurricane Irma: Updates from shelters around the county, some residents are leaving

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.

>>Hurricane Irma: Get the latest news and information on the storm 

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. 

>>Stress leading to questions about who should be allowed in shelters

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:

And here’s what officials are saying to people who leave:

>>Hurricane Irma coverage: Follow The Palm Beach Post’s certified weather reporter, Kim Miller on Twitter

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:

Life inside the shelter, as people wait for the storm to arrive:

Around 16 hours ago, residents arriving at shelter:

Palm Beach County's general population emergency shelters for Hurricane Irma:


We’re weathering this storm together.

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