Pasco County officials are recommending voluntary evacuations for some residents as Hurricane Michael heads toward the Gulf Coast.

Emergency management officials are urging evacuations for anyone living west of U.S. 19 in areas vulnerable to potential storm surge, and any special needs residents who live west of U.S. 19.

Anyone who lives in low-lying areas along rivers or inland areas who have experienced flooding before and anyone who lives in a building that has experienced flooding after heavy rain should also evacuate.

You can find the recommended evacuation map on the Pasco County website.

“Potentially life-threatening storm surge from Hurricane Michael is expected to occur along the county’s Gulf Coast overnight Tuesday into Wednesday evening,” emergency management officials said in a news release. “Vulnerable coastal areas are expected to be impacted regardless of the storm’s exact track or strength.”

The county recommends evacuees try to find shelter with neighbors, relatives or friends. If that’s not an option, the Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter located at 11611 Denton Avenue in Hudson is now open. It is pet-friendly.

County officials will provide transportation to residents who need special assistance in order to get to the shelter. You can get a ride by calling Pasco County Customer Service at (727) 847-2411.