HURRICANE ADVISORY #21
BROWARD COUNTY, FL - At a news conference earlier today, Mayor Barbara Sharief shared the latest developments regarding Hurricane Irma and the final preparation activities that are underway. Hurricane Irma remains a powerful storm however the track has shifted slightly west. Broward remains under a Hurricane Warning and portions of Broward remain under a Storm Surge Warning. Broward is also under a Flood Watch, a Tornado Watch, and a countywide curfew has been declared effective 4PM today.
-First tropical storm force winds will arrive in Broward County later this afternoon, with possible hurricane force winds arriving by early Sunday morning.-Tornadoes are possible today and Sunday 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, potentially up to 20 inches in some areas.
-The first squalls to hit our area will be gusty. Anticipate possible structural damage to homes and buildings, destruction of mobile homes, flooded escape routes and secondary roads. 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 may 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. This new service is a partnership between Broward County and MIT.
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 -21 shelters are open and the shelter population is 14,190.-The two shelters with capacity are:-Coconut Palm Elementary, 13601 Monarch Lakes Blvd, Miramar 33027
-Lakeside Elementary, 900 NW 136 Avenue, Pembroke Pines, 33026 (pet friendly and general population) - do not come here if you have pet allergies or sensitivities.
All residents are asked to be in place, wherever they choose to weather the storm, by 2PM today.
Florida Power & Light Update -FPL anticipates widespread and extended power outages. Plans are underway to restore power as soon as possible. Debris must be cleared before restoration can begin.-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.
-Port Everglades is closed. Fuel deliveries have stopped, but storm reserve supplies are in place and deliveries will resume as soon as petroleum companies can reopen and it is safe for truck drivers to be on the roads.
-The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is closed today and Sunday.
-If you're traveling, check your airline or cruise line for the latest information.-Broward County Transit has discontinued service.
-Broward County Emergency Hotline is open 24/7- call 311 or 954-831-4000. More than 16,000 residents received assistance since Tuesday.
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