City News & Events

Posted on: September 7, 2017

County Continues to Prepare as Hurricane Irma Bears Down - 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.

  • 14 shelters have been opened. The Pompano Beach High School shelter is FULL. The next closest shelter is Lyons Creek Middle School. All open shelters are listed on
  • If you believe you qualify for special needs shelter and are not already registered, you must call 311 immediately.
  • A pet-friendly shelter has been opened in Tamarac at Millenium Middle School/Challenger Elementary School in Tamarac and is already at over 80 percent capacity. As of today, the Humane Society is no longer requiring pre-registration. If you go to the pet-friendly shelter, be sure to bring your pet's food, water, medication, toys and proof of rabies vaccination.
  • Persons experiencing homelessness are directed to seek shelter. Call the Homeless Helpline at 954-563-4357.
  • The last flight out of Broward's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is expected at 7:45PM Friday. There were at least 25 flight cancellations and 45 delays today. Check with your airline before going to the airport. The Airport will be closed Saturday and Sunday.
  • Broward's Port Everglades remains open, but all ships will be required to leave the Port Friday morning. The Port received 8.4 million gallons of gasoline today; deliveries to gas stations will continue through Friday.
  • Broward County Transit remains on a Saturday schedule Thursday through Friday. Express Bus Service will continue until the arrival of tropical storm force winds. Routes 15, 23, 56 and 88 will remain on a weekday schedule.
  • The Broward County Landfill is open until 6PM on Friday. The landfill accepts vegetative and yard waste, construction and demolition waste and bulk waste.

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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