HURRICANE IRMA ADVISORY #13
BROWARD COUNTY, FL - All of Broward County remains under a Hurricane Watch and portions are under a Storm Surge Watch as powerful Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, nears South Florida. A mandatory evacuation is in effect for areas east of Federal Highway, including the barrier island. More than 1,700 people have already evacuated to area shelters.
Tropical storm force winds are expected to reach Broward County by Saturday morning and conditions will worsen quickly. Residents should rush their hurricane preparations to completion. Those who live in an evacuation zone, in low-lying areas or mobile homes should evacuate, as well as any resident who does not feel safe staying in their home.
The first, best place to shelter is with family and friends outside the evacuation zone. "Shelters are a refuge of last resort," said Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief. "They provide a short-term place to weather the storm." Those evacuating to a shelter must bring personal items to ensure their comfort, including bedding, snacks, water, important medications, etc.
All drawbridges will be locked in the "down" position beginning at noon on Friday. Boats requiring bridge openings will no longer be able to leave once bridges are locked down.
This storm is expected to result in widespread and extended power outages. Report downed power lines and outages by calling 1-800-4-OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243).
Broward County's Emergency Hotline is open 24/7 to answer your questions. Call 311 or 954-831-4000.
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