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Hurricane Matthew Update: Moving West


Expected to reach landfall Friday morning

Evening Update: From The Orange County Office of Emergency Management

The most recent report by the National Weather Service indicates that Hurricane Matthew’s track has shifted to the west and could make landfall by Friday morning in Brevard County. Orange County is currently preparing for the potential for hurricane-force winds, in excess of 65-70 miles per hour, with gusts up to 90 miles per hour between late Thursday night, and all day Friday.

For Hurricane Matthew updates, visit here.

Orange County Government will suspend normal County operations beginning at noon on Thursday (Oct. 6) and extending through end of business on Friday, October 7 (applies to non-essential personnel only). Normal County operations will resume Monday morning, Oct. 10.

Orange County Fire Rescue personnel will go door-to-door tomorrow morning (Oct. 6) through various mobile home parks in Orange County to encourage evacuations.

General, pet-friendly and special needs shelters in Orange County will open tomorrow starting at 1 p.m. (see below for list and what to bring).

Residents who need assistance booking hotel accommodations can call 407-354-5555. This hotline will help callers identify vacancies to accommodate their families.

Orange County personnel, along with members of the HOPE Team are doing outreach to the homeless to ensure they are aware of the storm and utilize shelters.

Sandbag distribution will continue tomorrow at eight locations throughout the county. Nearly 50,000 sandbags were disturbed to Orange County residents today.

The next press briefing is scheduled at the Emergency Operations Center tomorrow, Thursday Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. (separate information to follow).

Shelters Open at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6.

Shelter Name Address Staffed By Type of Shelter
Apopka High 555 Martin St, Apopka, FL 32712 Orange County General Population
Corner Lake Middle 1700 Chuluota Rd, Orlando, FL 32820 Red Cross General Population
Timber Creek High School 1001 Avalon Park S Blvd, Orlando, FL 32828 Orange County General Population
Odyssey Middle School 9290 Lee Vista Blvd, Orlando, FL 32829 Orange County General Population
Bithlo Community Park 18501 Washington Ave, Orlando, FL 32820 Red Cross/Orange County General Population /Pet Friendly
Barnett Park 4801 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32808 Red Cross/Orange County General Population /Pet Friendly

For special needs shelter, contact 407-836-9319.

Please note: shelters will not be able to accommodate early arrivals.

What to Bring to a Shelter:

Water and food

Clothing and bedding

Personal items, medication

First-aid supplies

Important papers

Miscellaneous items like games, toys, battery-powered radios, flashlights and batteries

Sandbag Distribution:

On Thursday, Oct. 5, sandbags will be distributed from 7 a.m. though 3 p.m. (weather permitting). Residents are eligible for up to 10 sandbags per vehicle. For information and locations, visit here.


Apopka – 3258 Clarcona Road

Bithlo – 18753 Old Cheney Highway

Goldenrod – 2530 N. Forsyth Rd.

John Young – 4200 S. John Young Pkwy.

Taft – 11442 Intermodal Way

Three Points – 4631 Young Pine Road

West Orange – 644 Beulah Road

Zellwood – 3400 Golden Gem Road

Hotel and Lodging:

A snapshot of Central Florida hotel lodging reflects that there are 17,000 available rooms. Individuals can call 407-354-5555 if they need assistance identifying rooms to meet their family’s needs. Rosen Hotels are offering “distress rates” for guests evacuating.


Residents are encouraged to visit here for the latest Hurricane Matthew information as it pertains to Orange County.

Orange County Public Works, Stormwater Management Division is proactively checking drainage infrastructure to include stormwater drains, canals and ponds as well as other sites in anticipation of potential heavy rainfall in Orange County. In addition equipment to remove debris and tree limbs is being inventoried and tested.

Hurricane Matthew, Orange County Office of Emergency Management


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