Lake County officials have announced a collection of government and school closures, as well as shelter openings as the county prepares for Hurricane Idalia.
Lake County government offices, libraries, schools, and district offices will all be closed on Wednesday, August 30. The county says additional closures are “likely to follow,” and will update the general public as the hurricane approaches.
As of 8 a.m., Hurricane Idalia has maximum sustained winds of approximately 80 mph and is moving toward the north. The National Hurricane Center reports that Idalia will become an “extremely dangerous major hurricane” before landfall Wednesday.
There are currently seven sandbag stations across the county that will be dispensed up until “storm conditions begin,” according to county officials.
Two pet-friendly emergency shelters will open for residents later today at 3 p.m. at the Villages Elementary of Lady Lake (695 Rolling Acres Road, Lady Lake) and Lost Lake Elementary (1901 Johns Lake Road, Clermont).
The county also says the Special Needs Registry will suspend registrations until the hurricane has cleared.
Officials are reminding residents who experience power outages to contact their electricity provider. The following is a list of companies provided power to the county:
Eustis Office: 352-357-5600; Groveland Office: 352-429-2195; Sumterville Office: 352-793-3801