You may have seen the latest update from the National Hurricane Center has Hurricane Dorian strengthening and impacts ranging all up and down the coast of Florida including West Palm Beach.
The City of West Palm Beach operates an Emergency Operations Center at Fire Station 5 on Congress Ave., where we are working with the County’s Emergency Operations Center to monitor the storm’s path.
There are two factors that may impact us:
- heavy rainfall leading up to possible landfall of Dorian;
- and “King Tide” this weekend.
Right, now, the City’s storm water team is checking all the basins and storm water drain covers in our service area, especially in areas that are impacted by a higher amount of rain. We continue to check the storm water system, as August has brought more a than usual amount of rain for our service area.
We prepare for weather events such as Dorian year-round. While it is too early to have any sense of Dorian’s true impacts to our community, we are ready. I urge all residents to be prepared.
- Have a hurricane kit.
- Know your zone. In the event you are told to evacuate, you should know what evacuation zone you reside in.
- If you are told to evacuate, do it.
- If you intend to shelter at Palm Beach County’s special needs shelter, remember that you must preregister.
The City asks residents to:
- Refrain from doing any major yard work until after the storm passes.
- Do not place any debris at the curb after a tropical storm or hurricane watch/warning has been issued, as excess yard waste placed curbside may put a strain on collection efforts.
- Please keep storm drains clean to minimize flooding. Large piles of new vegetation trimming may clog storm drains.
- Secure any patio furniture or yard waste, as these may become projectiles in a storm.
- (See detailed WPB Sanitation information below).
We’ve posted some helpful tips and links on our website at https://www.wpb.org/storm. We encourage everyone to monitor the situation and stay informed!
Hopefully, West Palm Beach is spared any significant weather from Tropical Storm Dorian, but we encourage everybody to be prepared. Working together, we can stay safe this hurricane season.
Keith A. James, Mayor