Hurricane Dorian Update 7
September 2, 2019 (7:15 PM)

According to the National Hurricane Center, Dorian is moving very little as it continues to move over Grand Bahama island. The storm is slowly moving westward at a rate of less than 1 mph.

The City has received questions about the possibility of a curfew for our community. As of this afternoon, there is NO curfew for the City of West Palm Beach.

For your safety, it is recommended that residents shelter in place and stay off the road. Tropical storm-force winds could result in downed powerlines and trees.

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

HURRICANE DORIAN – FLAGLER DRIVE UPDATE

Due to storm surge resulting from Hurricane Dorian and “King Tide”, be advised of standing water in the following locations:

  • 1500 Block of N. Flagler;
  • 8th Street and N. Flagler;
  • Banyan Blvd. & Flagler Drive;
  • S. Flagler from Southern Blvd. to Summa Rd.

Motorists should avoid driving in these areas. Conditions may deteriorate during high tide and rainfall that are forecast for tonight. Please note, that these locations are is in a “B” evacuation zone for which mandatory evacuations were announced yesterday, September 1, 2019.

To report storm damage or concerns, please call the Mayor’s Response Hotline at (561) 822-2222. For City hurricane preparedness information, please visit: http://www.wpb.org/storm. 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.

List of City of West Palm Beach Closures

The City of West Palm Beach has several storm-related closures or curtailed services. Here is a list of closures as of Monday, September 2nd.

WASTE/SANITATION:

  • Solid Waste Facilities are closed on Monday, September 2 and Tuesday, September 3.
  • City of West Palm Beach Sanitation services, including debris and garbage pickup, are suspended until further notice.

CITY PARKING GARAGES

City of West Palm Beach Parking Garages are closed. Cars that were parked for shelter in a City garage cannot be retrieved until the garage is reopened. City of West Palm Beach Parking Administration will reopen the garage after we get the ‘all-clear’, and those who have parked in City 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.

TRANSPORTATION

Palm Tran will not operate fixed-route bus service on Mon., Sep. 2, 2019. Palm Tran Connection will conduct evacuation and shelter trips until conditions make it too unsafe to operate.

All Brightline stations (West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami) will be closed until further notice.

CLOSURES:

  • Courts and county offices closed Tuesday, September 3.
  • 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 has closed until further notice.
  • 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 Palm Beach County Schools on Tuesday, September 3 or Wednesday September 4.
  • Lynn University classes and activities are canceled for Tuesday, Sept. 3. Lynn University will provide further updates.
  • FAU Campuses remain closed through September 3. A decision on classes on September 4th will be made as storm information becomes available.

PRICE GOUGING

Price Gouging – a state of emergency is in effect. Please report any suspected instances of price gouging, scams or fraud. The price gouging hotline is 866-9no-scam (866-966-7226).

For hurricane preparedness information, please visit: http://www.wpb.org/storm. To contact City Hall, call (561) 822-1400. 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.

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
  • Follow City Updates on Social Media

o   Facebook: @cityofwpb

o   Twitter: @westpalmbch

o   City websites:  www.wpb.org/news and www.wpb.org/storm

o   To subscribe to the City’s newsletter, visit: https://wpb.org/insider

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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.

For information in Spanish/Espanol: http://bit.ly/2MJGOYa