On Tuesday, Polk County issued a voluntary evacuation order especially directed at those that may live in substandard housing.  This morning, with the rapid strengthening of Hurricane Laura, Polk County Judge Sydney Murphy has upgraded that to a mandatory evacuation.

Specifically, the order directs residents who live in substandard housing defined as mobile homes and travel trailers to evacuate to safer place.  This evacuation order went into effect Wednesday morning at 8.

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