Despite danger from Hurricane Matthew, police can’t force mobile home residents to leave

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Police warned mobile home park residents to leave in Juno Beach (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Juno Beach Police Chief Brian Smith sent officers today to recommend evacuation to residents of a mobile home park on the west side of U.S. 1.

But many said they weren’t budging.

“We can’t force them to leave,” said Smith.

Here’s the latest on Hurricane Matthew.

Palm Beach County is strongly urging evacuation of residences on the county’s barrier islands, mobile-home parks and sub-standard housing during Hurricane Matthew, according to Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Jennifer Sorentrue.

The evacuations are not mandatory, but the wisest course for health and safety, officials said. They apply to those living in Palm Beach County Evacuation Zones A and B.

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“At this point in time we are just strongly recommending, we are not making mandatory evacuations,” Bill Johnson, the county’s emergency operations director, said Wednesday. “Because of the intensity of the storm, we are truly strongly recommending people evacuate.”

Johnson also recommended those in condominium and high-rise buildings along the coast also evacuate, saying the winds will likely be stronger in the upper floors of those buildings.

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