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More than 100 animals take shelter in Indian River County

Posted at 6:28 PM, Sep 09, 2017

Shelters opened at 8 a.m. Saturday in Indian River County as Hurricane Irma began to take aim at Florida.

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By 2 p.m. there were more than 1,200 people in the shelters across the county, including more than 100 animals at the pet-friendly shelter. 

County officials are encouraging people to use the shelters as a last resort and to rely on family and friends for a place to stay. 

The mandatory evacuation is still in place for homes east of US 1 and on barrier islands. 

The emergency operations center said the concern is winds and flooding that could start Sunday morning.