Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport will close to passengers and all airline and private operations at 7 tonight, with plans to reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday, airport officials said in a news release.
Airport officials said reopening plans were based on an initial assessment of damage.
The statement from airport management said the terminal building would be locked at 7 p.m. and would not serve as a shelter.
Travelers were urged to check with their airlines for information on flight schedules.
The last scheduled airline arrival today is a 4:13 p.m. Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta. A 5:23 p.m. flight from Sarasota to Atlanta, also a Delta flight, is the last scheduled departure.
1PM TUESDAY UPDATE:
Emergency operation updates for Idalia
Evacuate if you are in Level A. This evacuation includes vessels, RVs, mobile and manufactured homes.
All general population evacuation are now open. Find more information, including what to bring, here.
Learn your level here. (CLICK HERE to enlarge the map below.)
Here are some tips if you’re sheltering in place.
Call 311 if you need transportation to an evacuation center. Trips will continue until wind speeds prevent vehicular traffic.
In anticipation of potential impacts from Hurricane Idalia, Sarasota County Public Utilities have shut off water service to residents and businesses located on Casey Key. After water service ends, county utilities customers will not have water for use until after the storm. Residents and businesses are encouraged to please plan accordingly.
NOTE: While the shut-off does not include Siesta Key, it may result in lower water pressure for properties on South Siesta Key.
In anticipation of the arrival of tropical storm force winds, Sarasota County Public Works staff have locked down local moveable bridges over the Intracoastal Waterway. Sarasota County bridges affected are at Manasota Beach Road, Venice Avenue, Albee Road and Blackburn Point Road.
The Florida Department of Transportation is also locking its bridges within Sarasota County at the Circus Bridge (South U.S. 41 on Island of Venice), Hatchett Creek Bridge (North U.S. 41 on the Island of Venice), Stickney Point Road, Siesta Drive and New Pass.
As of now, all of these bridges should be considered closed to marine traffic, but open to vehicular traffic.
Sandbag operations for Sarasota County have ended. Thanks to all our team members who served the community yesterday and today. Nearly 14,000 bags were filled!
All solid waste collection services scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 29, have been cancelled for residents of unincorporated Sarasota County. Residents living in the municipalities should contact their local authorities for additional information.
Collection services for garbage, recycling and yard waste for the remainder of the week will be delayed by at least one day. Conditions will be assessed after the storm passes to determine when services will resume.
The Central County Landfill and all solid waste facilities are closed Tuesday, Aug. 29. An update to collection services and hours of operations for solid waste facilities will be posted on the Solid Waste webpage, Sarasota County’s social media channels and published in the afternoon edition of this newsletter.
TODAY – Tuesday, Aug. 29
Wednesday, Aug. 30
Transportation to evacuation centers
Sarasota County public libraries are closed through Wednesday, Aug. 30.
Sarasota County Schools
Traditional public schools are closed through Wednesday, Aug. 30, in order to function as evacuation centers. If your child is enrolled at a charter school, please check directly with your school for updates on closures.
Updates will be sent out and posted at sarasotacountyschools.net/hurricane with all school-related information as it becomes available for the remainder of the week.
MANATEE COUNTY, FL (August 28, 2023) – With potential storm surge forecasts topping six-to-10 feet, Manatee County Public Safety officials are issuing MANDATORY evacuations for residents in “Level A” areas and VOLUNTARY Level B evacuation, effective 2:00 p.m. today. Additionally, all residents and visitors in mobile homes, manufactured homes, RVs or travel trailers must evacuate. You can find YOUR evacuation level at mymanatee.org/manateeready.
“Our primary concern at this point is storm surge,” said Manatee County Commission Chair Kevin Van Ostenbridge. “Coastal residents need to heed our warnings.”
As MANDATORY Level A evacuation and VOLUNTARY Level B evacuations are being ordered in Manatee County immediately, the following locations have been identified as Storm Shelters for those who must leave their homes (all are pet friendly):
Public shelters should be a last option. It is always recommended to stay with family and friends if possible if you evacuate.
What to Bring
In addition to your emergency supplies (food, water, medicine, flashlights, batteries, first aid kit, etc.), the following are good items to bring with you if you must evacuate to a shelter:
Pet Shelter Requirements
Pet sheltering requirements and rules are important during disaster situations. Your cooperation in making a pet friendly shelter environment enjoyable is appreciated.
Pet Survival Kit for Pet-Friendly Shelters
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