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Brevard County officials announce 24-hour delay in mandatory evacuations

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (WFLA) – UPDATE 5PM: The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has delayed a mandatory evacuation order for people living in the barrier islands, low-lying and flood-prone areas, mobile homes, and anyone with disabilities.

The mandatory evacuation was supposed to go into effect 8 a.m. on Sunday. However now, the evacuations are to begin 8 a.m. Monday.

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey issued the mandatory evacuation for parts of the county. This is the first county in Florida to issue an evacuation.

More than 18 inches of rain is expected in the area.

8 On Your Side spoke to some Brevard residents who don’t want to leave.

“I think it should be up to us really. Yeah we’re sticking around no matter what. That’s what we got plywood for,” Merritt Island residents Todd Shoemaker and Angelina Ferris said.

With Hurricane Dorian expected to impact Brevard County next week, local officials are gearing up for any potential impacts.

At least four sandbag locations are set up in the county. Residents are allowed to pick up 10 sandbags each, officials said.

The county is set to open multiple emergency shelter locations for residents beginning at noon on Sunday.

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