As of 9 p.m. there was an even amount of 3,500 people registered inside Germain Arena, which is slightly more than 50 percent capacity as per the Red Cross. They will cap it off at 6,500.
Three hours earlier it was a chaotic scene as a deluge of evacuees hit the entrance to the building all at once, overwhelming the Red Cross volunteers and the Lee County sheriff's deputies. There wasn't enough Spanish-speaking help for a brief spell to clear up some confusing situations.
Order was restored within an hour, but the anxiety level is going up now that it's dark outside and Wilma is getting closer.