MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WWSB) – Manatee Sheriff Rick Wells issued a 24-hour mandatory curfew starting Sunday at 3 p.m. to keep the community as safe as possible during Hurricane Irma.
The curfew runs for 24 hours until 3 p.m. Monday.
"After this storm passes, there will be downed trees and power lines," Wells said. "Conditions will be unsafe and we want to protect citizens from a situation they cannot control. We will not tolerate sightseers wanting to take a look at the damage and ride into neighborhoods to see what the storm has done to the community. Until 3 p.m. tomorrow stay off of the roads.
"We will not tolerate looters," Wells said. "They will go to jail. We want to protect citizens and their property."
Robin DiSabatino punctuated the required for residents to stay in place for the entire length of the storm.
"Designate a safe room without any windows and have supplies in there," DiSabatino said. She added that most local shelters are full but Lakewood Ranch High School has now opened as a last resort shelter. Pets will be allowed at the shelter.