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Mandatory evacuations lifted in St. Lucie County

Posted at 3:49 PM, Sep 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-09 15:49:11-04

St. Lucie County leaders announced this morning that those residents living on North and South Hutchinson Island are now in a voluntary evacuation zone.

They changed it from a mandatory evacuation after the storm continued its westward shift.

Many residents in the area have already evacuated. However, some made the last minute decision to stay.

We found some residents taking one last walk on the beach before the conditions worsen.

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“It’s extremely rough right now. I walk on the beach everyday and it’s usually much calmer,” said Patty Barlow, who lives on South Hutchinson Island in St. Lucie County.

The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office says it will be checking for reentry cards,  identification or proof that you work on the island before allowing you back on.