KEY WEST, Fla. — Evacuations were ordered for parts of the Florida mainland Friday in anticipation of the slow-but-ferocious Hurricane Wilma, which was already battering Cancun and Cozumel in Mexico.
Emergency officials also told residents of the Florida Keys to begin leaving.
The mandatory mainland order, effective at noon Friday, covered part of the Gulf Coast town of Naples and the nearby snowbird enclave of Marco Island.
My best friend lives in Naples. I’ve not been in contact with her since this mandatory evacuation was issued, but I know she had a gameplan for when to leave and where to stay. Looks like those plans have just been bumped up a couple of days.