Hurricane Matthew is once again a Category 4 Hurricane


Mandatory Curfew in Effect

ORLANDO, Fla. – Oct. 6, 2016 – The most recent report by the National Weather Service indicates that Hurricane Matthew is once again a Category 4 Hurricane. As of 5 p.m., the forecast for Hurricane Matthew calls for Tropical Storm force winds to begin tonight in Central Florida at 11 p.m. Hurricane force winds are expected to start tomorrow morning at 5 a.m. lasting until 11 a.m. with peak winds of up to 101 mph at 7 a.m. Tropical Storm force winds are expected to end Friday evening at 10 pm. The total duration of Tropical Storm force winds will be 23 hours.

The latest announcements from Orange County as of 7 p.m. include:


In an effort to protect the life and safety of all citizens and first responders, a mandatory curfew has been put into effect for Orange County from Thursday, Oct. 6 at 10 p.m. through Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 a.m. Please stay off the roads unless there are extenuating circumstances.


As of 6 p.m., we have 550 citizens in Orange County shelters. One shelter, Bithlo Park, is at capacity. Orange County’s other five other shelters – Odyssey Middle School, Apopka High School, Corner Lake Middle, Timber Creek High School and Barnett Park have availability.

Shelter Name
Staffed By
Type of Shelter
Apopka High
555 Martin St, Apopka, FL 32712
Orange County
General Population
Corner Lake Middle
1700 Chuluota Rd, Orlando, FL 32820
Red Cross
General Population
Timber Creek High School
1001 Avalon Park S Blvd, Orlando, FL 32828
Orange County
General Population
Odyssey Middle School
9290 Lee Vista Blvd, Orlando, FL 32829
Orange County
General Population
Barnett Park
4801 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32808
Red Cross/Orange County
General Population /Pet Friendly

For special needs shelter, call 407-836-9319

Please note that shelters are alcohol, drug and weapon free zones.

911 CALLS:

When sustained winds reach 50+ mph or wind gusts reach 65+ mph, the operations division chief may enact a No Response Policy. High winds severely limit response time. Orange County Fire Rescue will make every effort to respond to a call, but will make the best judgment to preserve life and safety of all involved.

Today, Orange County Fire Rescue has reached more than 9,200 manufactured home community members. A mandatory evacuation has been issued for mobile homes and should be followed for the safety and security of all.

For Hurricane Matthew updates, visit For general storm updates, visit Please call 3-1-1 for information.

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