HURRICANE IRMA ADVISORY #16
BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Broward County is under a Hurricane Warning and portions of the County are under a Storm Surge Warning. All areas east of Federal Highway, including the barrier island, are under a mandatory evacuation. County officials began locking bridges into the "down" position at noon today, to assist vehicular traffic.
Municipalities included in the Storm Surge Warning are Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach and Hollywood. A storm surge of 5-8 feet is expected in these areas.
Irma is now a Category 4 storm, with the arrival of Tropical Storm force winds expected early Saturday morning. Residents are advised to complete their personal preparations today. All loose outdoor objects should be secured or brought indoors.
The weather will worsen throughout the day on Saturday, with the worst conditions from late Saturday evening through Sunday evening. The National Weather Service expects Irma to bring 10-15 inches of rain, with a risk of tornadoes. The first squalls to hit our area will be gusty. Impacts are expected to include structural damage to homes and buildings, total destruction of mobile homes, downed trees, flooding on roadways and in neighborhoods.
"County government and local municipal governments, along with numerous community partners, state and federal partners, are collaborating and coordinating to ensure that all possible protective actions are taken," said Mayor Barbara Sharief, in a morning news conference. "Many resources have been pre-positioned for a swift recovery response, once the storm passes."
Fourteen shelters are open and additional shelters will be opened as needed. As of this morning, there were nearly 5,500 people in shelters with a capacity of more than 12,000.
Four shelters are now at capacity - Pompano Beach High School, Coral Glades High School, Plantation Elementary, and the Millenium/Challenger School pet-friendly shelter.
Everglades High School at 17100 SW 48 Court, Miramar, is now available as an additional pet friendly shelter in Broward County. Residents should bring personal supplies, in addition to a crate or carrier for their pet, food, toys, cat litter and vaccination information. Pet owners will be expected to care for their pets, which will be located in a designated area of the shelter.
Open shelter locations are posted on our website Broward.org/Hurricane.
By order of the Governor, all schools in Florida are closed on Monday, September 11th.
If you believe you qualify for special needs shelter services and are not already registered, you are running out of time, especially if you need transportation to the shelter. If you call 311 before 5PM you will be contacted and picked up for transport by midnight. Please be patient if you experience wait times calling 311. Your call will be answered.
Please DO NOT trim trees and vegetation now. The Broward County Landfill-at the corner of Sheridan Street and U.S. 27 in Pembroke Pines--is open today until 6PM for you to get rid of the vegetative and yard waste, construction and demolition waste and bulk waste you have already accumulated.
For all Waste Management residential and commercial customers, there will be no garbage, recycling, yard waste or bulk collection service after 1PM today, and until further notice.
Watch broward.org/Hurricane for updates on when these facilities will reopen for post-storm clean-up.
FPL outage and restoration information is available by calling 1-800-4-OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243). This phone number may also be used to report a downed power line.
The last flight is expected to depart Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport at 7:45PM tonight. If you are traveling, please check with your airline or cruise line for up to date information. The Airport will be closed on Saturday and Sunday. Port Everglades is closed to inbound ships. Broward County Transit bus service will stop at 1AM Saturday. Paratransit is running a Saturday schedule today and will be closed on Saturday, and until further notice.
The Broward County Emergency Hotline is open 24/7 to answer your questions. Call 3-1-1 or 954-831-4000. The Hotline assisted nearly 7,000 residents yesterday.
Please stay connected to your favorite source of information for updates:
Follow us on Twitter @ReadyBroward and Facebook @BrowardEMD. Subscribe to Broward County's new emergency alert notification system, AlertBroward. Visit Broward.org/Hurricane for a wealth of information on how to prepare for a storm, and for up to date information on protective actions, shelter locations, assistance services and other important recovery information.