TAMPA, Fla. — With Ian now a tropical storm and set to move out of Florida, Bay area agencies are updating the evacuation orders that went into effect earlier this week.

Here's updates with the latest info from Bay area agencies:


Pinellas Update: Mandatory evacuation order lifted for all zones effective 9 a.m. 

Some hazardous conditions may still exist; use caution around downed power lines, trees 

Latest incident developments 

Mandatory evacuation orders for Pinellas County lifted for all evacuation zones, mobile home communities and residential health care facilities effective 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. Residents who evacuated due to the hurricane threat may return home using caution. 


Citrus County Board of County Commissioners Lifts Evacuation Order, Closes Shelters 

The mandatory evacuation order for Evacuation Zone A, which includes all low-lying areas west of U.S. Highway 19 and some areas additional areas east of U.S. Highway 19, has been lifted as of 8:00am on Thursday, September 29, 2022. Public shelters will close at 11:00am. 


Hillsborough County has lifted its evacuation order. 

As the path of Hurricane Ian takes it and its hazardous conditions away from Hillsborough County, and following initial safety assessments, County Administrator Bonnie M. Wise has rescinded existing Orders of Evacuation for Hillsborough County.

Authorities advise caution on the roadways and avoid down power lines.


Following the updated forecast of Hurricane Ian, public safety officials are announcing plans for evacuations, beginning with a MANDATORY Zone A evacuation and VOLUNTARY Zone B evacuation, effective at 8 a.m., Tuesday, September 27.

"We’re expecting sustained tropical or hurricane winds to our barrier islands and coastal communities for as long as 48 hours, with the earliest arrival predicted for 8 p.m. Tuesday,” said Manatee County Administrator Scott Hopes. “This is a worst-case scenario with a very strong slow-moving storm just to the west of us.”

Manatee County’s Emergency Operations Center will also move to a Level One activation at 8 a.m., Tuesday. At the close of business Monday, September 27, Manatee County Parks and Preserves will be closed until further notice. 


Mandatory evacuations have been issued for all areas west of US 19 in Hernando County including evacuation zones A, B, & C. Residents in coastal & low-lying areas, as well as manufactured homes, are included. Hernando County shelters open at 9 a.m. Tuesday. 


Challenger K-8 - Special Needs
13400 Elgin Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34609

If you are needing the Special Needs Shelter and have a pet, transportation from either your house or shelter location for your pet is done through Animal Control with Hernando County Sheriff's Office. Please call Hernando County Public Information Center at  352-754-4083 to arrange pick up.

The Mining Association Enrichment Center - General Population and Pet Friendly
800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34601

Explorer K-8 - General Population and Pet Friendly
10252 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34608

Pet Friendly Shelter Tips:

Hernando County Animal Services tips for Pet Friendly Sheltering during declared emergencies. Our citizens and their animals are housed in separate sections of the designated shelter(s). Designated shelters are typically Hernando County Schools. Animals will be housed in crates in a different location than where general population is located. If you need to seek shelter with your pet during a declared emergency the following list will help you be prepared:

                Bring your own appropriately sized crate (County resources are limited)

                Bring all your dogs required medications

                Bring several days' worth of your animals' food

                Ensure your dog is current on all vaccinations

                Bring your own leash and collar. Ensure your dog is trained to walk on a leash

                Bring any toys and/or bedding that will make your animal comfortable.

                If your animal is fearful or shy, bring sheets to cover the crate while still allowing airflow.

                If you bring a crate place something unique on it to distinguish it from others.

                Understand that your animal will not be housed in the same section as you; however, you will have access to your animal.

                Do not buy different snacks or food for the animal that they are not accustomed to, this will often cause the animals to have digestive issues; particularly when they are already stressed.

                If your animal has any propensity to bite animals or humans, please obtain and utilize a muzzle.

                Bring spray cleaner, paper towels etc., to be able to clean your animal's crate.

Check here for your evacuation zones.