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Lee County shelters open for east coast evacuees

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Posted at 10:00 AM, Oct 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-06 10:00:31-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Even though no evacuations have been ordered in Lee County, shelters are now open for those seeking refuge from the east coast.

The Lee County Emergency Operations Center will initiate a 24-hour Partial Activation with select EOC partners beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday in support of opening host shelters for evacuees.

Lee County is not in the direct path of the hurricane but still could experience some winds and rain associated with the storm.

The State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee has directed some Southwest Florida counties to open shelters for evacuees coming from the east coast of Florida. Lee County has declared a local state of emergency to expedite this effort.

The shelters are a general population shelter at Alico Arena, located 10501 FGCU Boulevard in Fort Myers, and a pet friendly shelter at the Estero Recreation Center at 9200 Corkscrew Palms Boulevard in Estero.