Sarasota County, FL (WWSB) - Emergency officials in Sarasota County have issued a mandatory evacuation for Zone A.
That includes low-lying areas, barrier islands, and mobile homes.
Barrier islands are Longboat, Lido, Siesta, Casey, Manasota keys as well as the island of Venice.
Brookside Middle School, 3636 S. Shade Ave., Sarasota, is now open as a pet-friendly shelter to host residents and evacuees from south Florida.
For more information about shelters and evacuation zones, visit www.scgov.net or call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.
The voluntary evacuation is set to allow people to leave their homes in advance of a possible mandatory evacuation.
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