Hurricane Irma, with the potential for tornadoes and flooding, still poses an imminent threat to West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (9/10/17)--
Hurricane Irma, with the potential for tornadoes and flooding, still poses an imminent threat to West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County. City emergency planners expect tropical storm force winds, heavy rain and deteriorating conditions throughout the day. We are expecting the worst of the storm between 4pm and midnight.
Here are some important updates:
- The Westgate Elementary School shelter and Forest Hill High School are at capacity with evacuees now being diverted to Palm Beach Central High School.
- All drawbridges were locked as of yesterday.
- The VA hospital is no longer accepting patients.
- Palm Beach County is appealing for medically trained personnel to volunteer at shelters.
- Palm Tran evacuation services were suspended as of 10:30 yesterday.
- A citywide and countywide curfew restricting movement and travel remains in effect.
- City Hall will be closed on Monday, September 11, 2017. City of West Palm Beach employees should not report to work Monday. Employees are reminded that they need to remain available for individual assignments. For further information, employees are asked to contact their supervisors.
- The City of West Palm Beach Emergency Operations Center remains at Level 1 activation.
During the storm:
- Listen to a battery-operated radio for the latest storm information.
- Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet.
- If you do not have to evacuate, STAY INSIDE and keep your children inside.
- DROWNING IS THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF FLOOD DEATH
- If the waters start to rise and enter your house before you can evacuate, retreat to second floor, attic, and if necessary, the roof.
- Anyone needing emergency assistance should dial 911 or 561-822-1900. Do not use social media to request police services.
- For all other City related inquiries, call the City’s hotline at (561) 822-2222.