Hurricane Dorian Update 6
September 1, 2019 (2:00 PM)

According to the National Hurricane Center, Dorian has made landfall in the Bahamas. The storm is a Category 5 hurricane with 185 mph winds.

The eastern half of Palm Beach County is now under a tropical storm warning. Mandatory evacuations are being ordered for residential structures in Zone A and Zone B in Palm Beach County.

If told to evacuate, please do so immediately. You can learn what evacuation zone you are in by going to our website www.wpb.org/storm or visit www.floridadisaster.org/knowyourzone.

Residents, families and communities should prepare for the possibility of flooding. Plan now, and take steps to protect you and your loved ones.

Christina Lambert
City Commission President
West Palm Beach District 5 (Southend)

UPDATE: Tropical Storm Warning

The eastern half of Palm Beach County is now under a Tropical Storm Warning due to the approach of Hurricane Dorian. A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm winds are expected in the area within 36 hours. Due to this, mandatory evacuations are being ordered for residential structures in Zone A and Zone B in Palm Beach County, effective at 1 P.M. Sunday, September 1, 2019.

In West Palm Beach, Zone A includes the Bluegrass Mobile Home Park south of Southern Blvd.

In West Palm Beach, Zone B includes three different sections on or near Flagler Drive, including:

  • A section of Flagler Court (see map below – area in orange color only)
  • A section east of S. Flagler Dr. between Monceaux and Greenwood Dr. (see maps below – area in orange color only)
  • 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

If you choose to not evacuate to a shelter, please evacuate miles not hundreds of miles. Residents should shelter within the county if possible. With the unpredictable nature of Hurricane Dorian, evacuating north is not recommended.

To determine if your home is in a storm surge evacuation zone, go to readyPBC.com or download the free app “PBC DART.” If you are not in an evacuation zone, please shelter in place.

At 1 p.m. today, Sunday, September 1, Palm Beach County will open seven general population shelters, as well as the special needs shelter at the South Florida Fairgrounds and the pet-friendly shelter at West Boynton Recreation Center.

The seven general population shelters 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

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 the Special Needs Program by calling (561) 712-6400 or visiting the website www.readypbc.org.

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.

The available space for each person at a general shelter is 20 square feet. That’s 4 feet by 5 feet of floor space. Please bring snacks with you to the shelter, only dinner will be served Sunday evening. Shelters will be opening in The Glades and residents from Zone A can evacuate to those shelters.

Palm Tran serves many shelter locations. Additionally, all Palm Tran services will be free on Sunday.

The Sheriff’s Office assures they will not be checking the immigration status of any person coming to a shelter.

If you choose to go to a hurricane shelter, please bring the following:

  • 3 day supply of water
  • 2 changes of comfortable clothes
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Cell phone and a battery-operated charger
  • Medications and prescriptions
  • Snacks/Special diet foods
  • Cash
  • Photocopies of valuable documents
  • Games, books and playing cards for entertainment during your stay
  • Space is limited, so please pack accordingly
  • Weapons are prohibited in shelters

EVACUATION ZONE ‘B’ MAPS BELOW—ZONE B IS LOCATED IN ORANGE AREAS ONLY

THE AREA BETWEEN N. OLIVE AND THE INTRACOASTAL, SOUTH OF PALM BEACH LAKES BLVD TO 4TH STREET. (area in orange only)

FLAGLER COURT AREA (area in orange only)

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. (area in orange only)

Area near N. Flagler including but not limited to the area between N. Olive and the Intracoastal, south of Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. to 4th Street. (area in orange only)

Area near N. Flagler including but not limited to The general area between Narcissus and the Intracoastal, between 4th and Datura (area in orange only)

UPDATED WPB CLOSURES/CANCELLATIONS/SHELTER INFO. (9.1.19, 12:00 p.m.)

WASTE/SANITATION:

  • 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.

CLOSURES:

  • 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

HOSPITALS/MEDICAL:

  • 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.

SCHOOLS/HOSPITALS:

  • 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.

EVACUATIONS:

SHELTERS:

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

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.

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.
  • 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 floridadisaster.org/knowyourzone.
  • 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.

Important Numbers and Contact Information for the City of West Palm Beach:

  • City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Works – Sanitation Division – (561) 822-2075 [TTY: (800) 955-8771] or email publicworks@wpb.org
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In the event of an emergency, dial 911.

For non-emergency questions, call the City hotline at (561) 822-2222 or 211 to reach Palm Beach County’s HelpLine.

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