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Posted on: September 8, 2017

Mayor Sharief Updates Community on Latest Hurricane Irma Preparatory Activities

Mayor Sharief Updates Community on Latest Hurricane Irma Preparatory Activities
DATE: September 8, 2017
CONTACT: Margaret Stapleton
RUMOR CONTROL: 311 or 954-831-4000
EMAIL: publicinfo@broward.org
WEB: Broward.org/Hurricane

EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER
201 NW 84th Avenue
Plantation, 33324
HURRICANE IRMA ADVISORY #18


At a 4PM news conference this afternoon, Mayor Barbara Sharief shared the latest developments regarding Hurricane Irma and the preparation activities that are underway. Hurricane Irma remains a very powerful Category 4 storm at this hour and extensive property damage, flooding and widespread outages are anticipated. Broward remains under a Hurricane Warning and portions of Broward remain under a Storm Surge Warning.
Storm Status
•First tropical storm force winds to arrive in Broward County tomorrow afternoon, with hurricane force winds of 100 MPH or stronger arriving by early Sunday morning.
•Tornadoes are possible tonight as the first feeder bands of the storm come on shore in Broward County.
•The National Weather Service expects Irma to bring 10-15 inches of rain, the first squalls to hit our area will be gusty. Anticipate structural damage to homes and buildings, total destruction of mobile homes, escape routes and secondary roads. Flood control systems may be compromised. Please stay off the road unless it's absolutely necessary.
Residents Can Help
•Do not leave bulk pick up items curbside since pick-up service has stopped. Discarded items may become projectiles if left unattended.
•Residents affected by flooding who communicate on Twitter, Telegram and Facebook Messenger using keywords about flooding or Hurricane Irma will be contacted by Risk Map US Chatbot. The Chatbot sends users a one-time link to add location, flood depth, a photo and description that will help responders assess damage in real time during the storm event and help prioritize response efforts after the storm.
Evacuation Updates
•All areas east of Federal Highway are under an evacuation order. All bridges are in lock down position in order to assist vehicular traffic.
Shelter Availability
•19 shelters are open and the shelter population is 9,828. Many of the shelters are at capacity and residents are recommended to go to one of the five new shelters.
•New shelters open at 6PM tonight:
 -Coconut Creek Tradewinds Elementary School, 5400 Johnson Road, Coconut Creek, 33073
-Hollywood Beachside Montessori Village, 2230 Lincoln Street, Hollywood, 33020
-Parkside Elementary, 10257 NW 29th Street, Coral Springs, 33065 (Pet Friendly shelter)
  opens at 8:30PM tonight.
-Pembroke Pines Silver Palms Elementary School, 1209 NW 155th Avenue, Pembroke Pines,      
   33028
 -Weston Everglades Elementary School, 2900 Bonaventure Blvd., Weston, 33331
 
•Visit Broward.org/Hurricane for shelter locations.
Broward County Schools’ Status
•Closed Monday, September 11th.
 Florida Power & Light Update
•FPL anticipates that when the power goes out, it will impact approximately 4.1 million customers, but plans are underway to restore power as soon as possible. 13,500 workers are ready to go, but debris, limbs and damaged trees will create impediments for restoration vehicles to get out. Debris must be cleared first.
•20 staging sites are ready throughout the service areas.
•FPL outage and restoration information is available by calling 1-800-4-OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243). Residents can also call this number to report downed power lines.
Transportation -Services Discontinued
•If you're traveling, check your airline or cruise line for the latest information.
•Broward County Transit will stop service at 1AM Saturday morning.

Stay Connected
•Broward County Emergency Hotline is open 24/7- call 311 or 954-831-4000. More than 16,000 residents received assistance since Tuesday.
Broward.org/Hurricane
Twitter@ReadyBroward
•Subscribe to AlertBroward
Facebook@BrowardEMD 
 Mayor Sharief's next news conference is scheduled for 9AM tomorrow.

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