TROPICAL STORM WARNING UPDATE:
Evacuations for Zones ‘A’ and ‘B’; Information about shelters, garbage, city garages
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (September 1, 2019) -- A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for West Palm Beach. A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm force winds are expected in the area within 36 hours. Life-threatening storm surge and dangerous hurricane force winds are possible along portions of the Florida east coast through mid-week, as only a slight deviation to the left of the official forecast would bring the core of Dorian near or over the coast.
We expect to start feeling tropical storm force winds tonight through Wednesday and, potentially, hurricane force winds late Monday night through Tuesday. While a curfew is not in effect for our City at this time, we will need everybody to shelter in place, until after the storm has passed and emergency officials have given the all-clear. We will need people to stay off the roads as much as possible, to facilitate the city’s emergency preparedness and recovery efforts.
“I urge everyone to be vigilant and monitor information from emergency officials,” said Mayor Keith A. James. “Even the slightest deviation from Dorian’s projected path could be catastrophic for our community. In recent history in our City, there have been few threats as significant as the threat Hurricane Dorian poses to us at this very moment. So, again, we must continue to take this very seriously.”
Tonight at 8pm, our Emergency Operations Center will be operational at Level 1 –the highest level of emergency activation. Our number one priority has been and will always be the protection of life and the safety and wellbeing of our residents.
EVACUATIONS: Per Palm Beach County, mandatory evacuations are being ordered for residential structures in Zone A and Zone B in Palm Beach County, effective at 1 P.M. today Sunday, September 1, 2019.
In West Palm Beach, Zone A includes the Bluegrass Mobile Home Park.
In West Palm Beach, Zone B includes three different sections on or near Flagler Drive, including:
- A section of Flagler Court;
- A section east of S. Flagler Dr. between Monceaux and Greenwood Dr.;
- Area near N. Flagler including but not limited to:
- The area between N. Dixie and the Intracoastal, south of S. Lakeside Ct. and Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
- The area between N. Olive and the Intracoastal, south of Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. to 4th Street.
- The general area between Narcissus and the Intracoastal, between 4th and Datura.
Know your zone. To identify your evacuation zone, please visit floridadisaster.org/knowyourzone. We’ve also posted maps of affected areas on our Facebook and Twitter pages and, also, at wpb.org/news. If you are told to evacuate, you must evacuate.
There are seven general population shelters that opened at 1 p.m. today throughout the Palm Beach County. Located at 6901 Parker Avenue, the Forest Hill High School Shelter—the one used most by our residents—will open tonight at 5pm. The shelters are operated by Palm Beach County. Also open right now, the special needs shelter at the South Florida Fairgrounds and the pet-friendly shelter at West Boynton Recreation Center. For a list of shelters in Palm Beach County, please visit: http://discover.pbcgov.org/publicsafety/dem/Publications/Shelters-Evac-Zones.jpg.
CITY GARAGES: City garages will remain open until 6pm for parking which is FREE for those people who are bringing their vehicles to garages for protection from the storm. The garage will be closed off to any additional access at 6 p.m. on September 1, 2019 or once garages reach capacity. We will open the garage immediately after we get the ‘all-clear’, and those who have parked in our garages will have 48-hours to remove their vehicles free of charge. After 48-hours, there will be an assessment of $10 per day for each day past the 48-hour free window. Barricades are in place to limit access to one entrance and exit point. Again, vehicles parked in the garages after it closes at 6 p.m. on September 1, 2019 will not be able to be recovered/exit until after the ‘all clear’ notice is given.
SANITATION: We continue to receive phone calls about sanitation services. Sanitation services including debris removal and garbage pickup have been suspended in our City. And, the Solid Waste Authority landfill—which is where we deliver your trash and debris to-- is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Please do not leave out any trash, garbage, and debris for pickup. We will not be able to get to it.
COMMUNICATION: For hurricane preparedness information, please visit: http://www.wpb.org/storm. To call Mayor’s Special Response Hotline, dial (561) 822-2222. To call the West Palm Beach Police Department non-emergency line, dial (561) 822-1900. In the event of an emergency, dial 911. For TTY, please call 800-955-8771.
Prepare for Flooding as Tropical Storm Warning Issued for Areas including West Palm Beach
As a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for areas including the City of West Palm Beach, City Emergency Managers urge those in low lying and flood-risk areas to plan and prepare for potential flooding. If told to evacuate, do so immediately. You can learn what evacuation zone you are in by going to our website wpb.org/storm or visit floridadisaster.org/knowyourzone. Residents, individuals, families and communities should prepare for the possibility of flooding. Plan now, and take steps to protect you and your loved ones.
Flood Safety Tips:
- It is crucial that residents and visitors in the areas that will be affected by Dorian listen to and follow the instructions of local and state officials. It is crucial to pay attention to the instructions of local officials.
- Monitor road conditions to see which roads are open and closed. If you need to travel, plan your route ahead of time to ensure you arrive safely.
- Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website for weather updates and emergency instructions.
- If you are at risk of flooding, be aware of quickly moving water and flooded roads.
- Do not drive around barricades, or through high water.
- Remember, if you encounter flooded roadways, Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
- Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response.
- Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately, or if services are cut off. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets. Obtain extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.
- Be prepared for extended power outages – charge your devices, have supplies such as flashlights and water on hand, and stay safe. Do not operate generators inside your home.
- Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.
- Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves.
UPDATED WPB CLOSURES/CANCELLATIONS/SHELTER INFO.
- Solid Waste Facilities are closed on Monday, September 2 and Tuesday, September 3.
- The City of West Palm Beach’s Sanitation Services, including debris and garbage pickup, are suspended until further notice.
- No school, no courts, county offices closed on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
- Mandel Library of West Palm Beach closed until further notice.
- City of West Palm Beach Parks and Recreation Facilities- closed until further notice
- City of West Palm Beach government offices – closed until further notice
- All PBC parks and facilities including beaches and boat ramps are closed until further notice.
- West Palm Beach Vickers House closed until further notice
- Because it’s within Evacuation Zone B, Good Samaritan Medical Center is closing.
- The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center and outlying clinics will be closed on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The Vet Centers in Jupiter and Greenacres will also be closed. The rural clinics in Clewiston and Moore Haven will be closed through the remainder of next week. VA staff will be contacting all those with appointments to reschedule.
- No PBC Schools on Tuesday
- Lynn University classes and activities are canceled for Tuesday, Sept. 3. Lynn University will provide further updates.
- FAU Campuses remain closed through September 3.
GENERAL POPULATION SHELTERS: The seven general population shelters operated by Palm Beach County are:
- Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elem. School, 1501 Avenue U, Riviera Beach
- Independence Middle School, 4001 Greenway Dr., Jupiter
- Lakeshore Middle School, 425 W Canal St N, Belle Glade
- Pahokee Middle School, 850 Larrimore Rd, Pahokee
- Palm Beach Gardens High School, 4245 Holly Dr., Palm Beach Gardens
- Palm Beach Central High School, 8499 Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington
- Park Vista High School, 7900 Jog Rd, Lake Worth
- Forest Hill High School, 6901 Parker Ave, West Palm Beach (Opens 5 PM Sunday)
SPECIAL NEEDS SHELTER: The special needs shelter is located at 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach. If you are registered, you should have received notification. People with special medical needs should register for our Special Needs Program by calling (561) 712-6400 or visiting our website www.readypbc.org.
PET-FRIENDLY SHELTER: The pet-friendly shelter is located at 6000 Northtree Boulevard, Lake Worth. This shelter is available to Palm Beach County residents residing in a mandatory evacuation zone or in mobile homes. Proof of residency is required. Space is limited, and restrictions apply. Each pet must be accompanied by only one owner who will stay at the shelter. Other family members will need to stay at nearby Park Vista High School, 7900 Jog Road, Lake Worth.
- EMERGENCY: Dial 911
- Non-Emergency Police Calls: (561) 822-1900
- Mayor’s Response Hotline (aka 822) (561) 822-2222.
- City of West Palm Beach TTY: 800-955-8771
- INTERNET: To help residents and emergency personnel stay connected in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, Comcast is opening its network of almost 200,000 Xfinity WiFi hotspots throughout Florida to anyone who needs them, including non-Xfinity customers, for free. To get connected, both customers and non-customers should first visit Xfinity.com/wifi for a map of public Xfinity WiFi hotspots, which are located indoors and outdoors in places such as shopping districts, parks and businesses.
- Twitter: @westpalmbch
- Facebook: @cityofwpb
- Facebook in Spanish: @cityofwestpalmbeachenespanol
- Mayor’s Insider Newsletter: wpb.org/insider
Storm Surge is fast and dangerous flooding caused by hurricane winds.
Jim from Mexico Beach, Florida, survived Hurricane Michael. Listen as Jim describes the storm and storm surge. Watch actual footage of the storm’s progression shot by Mark Sudduth.
Questions? Contact us today: 1-561-822-2222; TTY: 800-955-8771