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The 11:00 am update from the National Hurricane Center (www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Dorian) reported that Hurricane Dorian has strengthened to a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 180 miles per hour. At this time St. Lucie County is under a hurricane watch, which means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical storm force winds. These conditions make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. FPUA urges you to finalize your storm preparations and adhere to recommended precautions. FPUA offers the following information regarding our operations:

1) FPUA will NOT shut off water service to customers on Hutchinson Island. 

2) FPUA WILL discontinue natural gas service to mobile home parks when conditions are deemed to be unsafe for residents.

Please visit FPUA’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/TeamFPUA for additional safety tips and information. 

FPUA is also working closely with the St. Lucie County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to bring you the most current information. St. Lucie County has issued the following information for your safety:

• St. Lucie County will open the following shelters at 2 pm today, Sunday, Sept. 1:

Havert L. Fenn Center Special Needs Shelter at 2000 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce.

Fort Pierce Westwood High School Pet Friendly Shelter at 1801 Panther Lane in Fort Pierce. 

General Population Shelters at Fort Pierce Central High School, 4101 S. 25th Street in Fort Pierce; 

Lakewood Park Elementary School, 7800 Indrio Road in Fort Pierce;

Treasure Coast High School, 1000 SW Darwin Blvd in Port St. Lucie. 

If residents are in need of transportation to the Havert L. Fenn Center Special Needs Shelter, contact Community Transit at 772-464-RIDE (7433). If you are in need of transportation to the General Population Shelters contact the St. Lucie County Public Information Line at 772-460-HELP (4357). Uber announced today that it will be offering free rides (up to $20 each way) to and from a state-approved evacuation shelter. Details on how to redeem the free trip: 

1.       Open your app and tap “Payment” in your app menu

2.       Scroll down to Promotions

3.       Tap “Add Promo Code”

4.       Enter code DORIANRELIEF then tap “Add”

5.       Select any of the state-approved Florida evacuation shelters listed at 

          www.FloridaDisaster.org/info.  

• Mandatory evacuation orders for residents on the barrier islands (North & South Hutchinson Island), those living in low-lying coastal areas, and manufactured homes/mobile homes, begin today, Sept. 1, at 2:00 pm. Entry to barrier islands will be limited to residents and business owners starting at 8 am Monday, Sept. 2. At some point on Monday, Sept. 2, depending on winds, access on and off the island will be shut down. You will need two forms of documentation proving ownership or residency to enter the island after the storm. 

• Sign up to the emergency alert systems to stay updated on the latest information. Visit www.stlucieco.gov/alert to register for the St. Lucie County’s Emergency Alert Program. Visit https://cityoffortpierce.com/AlertCenter.aspx?CID+Hurricane-Dorian-11 for the City of Fort Pierce AM and PM notices. Visit https://www.stlucieco.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=5549 for a list of shelters and emergency evacuation routes. 

• The Public Information Helpline at 772-460-HELP (4357) will be open today from 8 am to 8 pm. Please reserve 911 for emergency calls only.

FPUA will send out additional updates and communications through the media and these same updates will be posted on the FPUA website (www.fpua.com) and FPUA’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/teamFPUA). Please visit the website www.fpua.com and click on Storm Center for storm preparation information and helpful links.