City of Orlando offers free sandbags to prepare for Hurricane Irma

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As Orlando prepares for Hurricane Irma, the city will be giving away sandbags to residents.

Distribution will take place Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m., according to a statement released on the City of Orlando site.

Each Orlando resident with a valid proof of residence will be able to pick up 10 sandbags from the City of Orlando Streets and Stormwater Division, located at 1010 Woods Ave.
If you live in Winter Park, you can receive up to 12 sand bags at the Public Works Compound located at 1409 Howell Branch Road, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 6 to Friday, September 8.

According to News 13, Brevard and Marion county will begin giving out sandbags Wednesday. While Seminole county does not provide sandbags, empty bags and dirt will be given to residents who bring their own shovels to fill-up locations. In South Florida, 10 sandbags per family will be made available to Miami Beach residents, reports the Miami Herald.

Hurricane Irma gained strength Tuesday with sustained winds now at 185 mph and gusts up to 220 mph. It is now the strongest Atlantic storm ever recorded outside the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.

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