There’s quite a bit of livestock in rural parts of Southwest Florida. Gene McAvoy with the University of Florida stationed in Hendry County says the best thing to do with livestock ahead of a major storm like Hurricane Irma is to just leave them alone.
"Often times it's better to just turn them out into a pasture and get them out of the barn because they’ll get injured if the barn blows apart," he says. "But they’ll find some thick bushes and they’ll take care of themselves usually."
He says animals will find high places to wait out a storm.