BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Source: Palm Beach County) — The National Weather Service reports the path of Hurricane Dorian is moving further east. However, the storm has been very unpredictable. Staff is continuously monitoring the track and updating our plans to address the effects of potential deteriorating weather conditions. Residents are urged to continue to plan for tropical storm force winds, storm surge, localized flooding, and a possible change in a track that would bring Hurricane Dorian closer to our coast.
The Palm Beach County Emergency Operations Center plans to go to a Level 1 full activation at 7 a.m. Sunday morning.
Since Thursday, the Emergency Information Center (EIC) has been operating at 24-hour full activation. The EIC has handled over 3,000 calls from the public regarding special needs, evacuation zones and shelter locations. Residents can contact the EIC at 561-712-6400.
County Engineering & Public Works has taken down several non-essential hundred traffic signal heads to reduce weight and minimize damage.
Palm Tran service will be free on Sunday. Palm Tran will be running its Saturday level of service and schedule on Sunday.
County and school district staff are preparing 15 general population emergency shelters, as well as the special needs shelter and the pet-friendly shelter. The planned opening of shelters morning has been delayed. Dialogue will continue with the National Weather Service and State Division of Emergency Management on future track changes to finalize the timing for the opening of shelters.
The Sheriff’s Office assures that the immigration status of any person coming to a shelter will not be checked.
Public schools in Palm Beach County will be closed Tuesday.
Hurricane Dorian has caused a couple of meeting changes of the Board of County Commissioners. The special meeting of the board set for 3 p.m. Tuesday, September 3, will be rescheduled. The budget public hearing set for Monday evening (September 3) has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. on September 10.
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).