TAMPA — Hillsborough County opening an emergency evacuation shelter Wednesday ahead of Tropical Storm Nicole.
The shelter is at Erwin Technical College, 2010 E. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, The county declared a local state of emergency Wednesday, but no evacuations have been ordered.
The shelter is intended for residents concerned about staying in their homes during a tropical storm, the county said in a news release, including people dependent on electricity for medical needs or who live in homes and manufactured housing susceptible to storm damage.
The shelter will accept pets. People bringing pets must bring a sturdy carrier for each pet, proof of current rabies vaccination and license for dogs and cats, and pet supplies including food, water, litter, cleaning supplies, medications, etc. The pet must arrive on a leash or in a carrier.
According to the National Weather Service, Tropical Storm Nicole could bring heavy rains, damaging winds and a storm surge of 1 to 3 feet to the Tampa Bay area.
The county urged residents to get their property storm-ready by cleaning out gutters and drainpipes, trimming trees and hedges if needed, and moving patio furniture, bird baths and other lightweight, unsecured items indoors.
Hillsborough County is not currently running sandbag operations.
The county also said the Disaster Recovery Center at Hillsborough Community College at the Regent, 6437 Watson Road, Riverview, has closed temporarily closed because of Tropical Storm Nicole. The location is expected to reopen at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.
The site is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist Florida residents and business owners after Hurricane Ian.
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