At Last Check: About 51,000 Residents Remain In Irma-Safe Shelters

Florida emergency management officials say at least 51,000 residents have hunkered down in approximately 300 shelters ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Most of those staying in shelters are right here in southeast Florida, which initially looked to be the main target of the storm before the forecast shifted west. 

In Palm Beach County, more than 15,000 people are in shelters. 

Likewise, Broward County has nearly 13,000 people seeking safety in community shelters.

The threat of Irma has prompted state and local officials to ask 5.6 million residents to flee ahead of the storm. It's expected to come ashore Sunday and take aim at the Tampa Bay area.

Officials in the Florida Keys are evacuating some 460 inmates and 125 corrections officers from a jail on Stock Island to a jail in Palm Beach County.

Spokeswoman Becky Herrin said in a news release that Sheriff Rick Ramsey made the decision Friday night because of the changing path of Hurricane Irma. 

The jail on Stock Island is near Key West on the lower end on the island chain.

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