SJC announces closures, encourages evacuations ahead of Hurricane Irma


In preparation for Hurricane Irma and the potential impacts it could have on the community, all administrative offices for St. Johns County, the City of St. Augustine and the City of St. Augustine Beach will be closed Friday, Sept. 8. Operational decisions beyond Friday will be determined based on weather conditions by the end of the day Friday.

St. Johns County and the municipalities anticipate and are planning for a mandatory evacuation of barrier islands, low-lying areas, and waterfront properties. In anticipation of a mandatory evacuation, voluntary evacuations are encouraged at this time and shelter planning is in process. Should a mandatory evacuation occur and weather conditions warrant, water and sewer services may be suspended on the barrier islands to protect the integrity of the water system.

In addition, all St. Johns County School District schools and district offices will be closed on Friday, Sept. 8 and Monday, Sept. 11. Schools will operate as normal on Thursday, Sept. 7 and scheduled evening activities will take place.

Announcements regarding a mandatory evacuation and shelter openings will be made prior to Saturday, Sept. 9. Residents with questions regarding Hurricane Irma are encouraged to call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations hotline at (904) 824-5550 or visit for more information.