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Florida sheriff’s office offers to 'escort' wanted suspects seeking haven from Irma 'to the safe and secure shelter called the Polk County Jail'

As Hurricane Irma heads toward Florida, the official Polk County Sheriff Twitter account on Wednesday sent out a stark warning to people who might be seeking shelter from the Category 5 storm:

Aside from putting people with a warrant out for their arrest in the position of choosing between safety and jail, the Florida county sheriff's office also advised that law enforcement officers would be checking IDs before admitting people to shelters. "Sex offenders/predators will not be allowed," the Polk County Sheriff's Office tweeted.

Irma made landfall in the Caribbean on Wednesday morning, packing winds of up to 185 miles per hour and marking the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever recorded. President Trump has declared a state of emergency in Florida, where Irma is expected to hit Sunday.