BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Source: PBSO) — Palm Beach County is under a Tropical Storm Warning, which means tropical storm-force winds are expected within 36 hours. Most of our area is also under a Hurricane Watch, which means hurricane-force conditions are possible within 48 hours.
As a result, mandatory evacuations have been ordered for residential structures in Zones A and B, effective at 1 p.m. Zone A includes mobile homes, sub-standard housing and low-lying areas prone to water intrusion. Zone B generally includes the barrier islands, land areas north and south of the Jupiter Inlet, and other surge-vulnerable areas south along the Intracoastal Waterway to the Broward County.
If you choose not to evacuate to a shelter, please evacuate miles, not hundreds of miles. Most of Palm Beach County is not being evacuated and residents should shelter locally, 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 our free app “PBC DART.” If you are not in an evacuation zone, please shelter in place.
At 1 p.m. today, Palm Beach County opened seven of its 15 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 our Special Needs Program by calling (561) 712-6400 or visiting our 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.
Two shelters are open in the Glades area for those who live in a manufactured or mobile home, have substandard construction or live in a flood-prone area.
The Sheriff’s Office is assuring everyone that immigration status will not be checked for any person coming to a shelter. All bags you bring with you to a shelter are subject to search. Weapons are not allowed.
Important: 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. Only dinner will be served Sunday evening.
Community Services is partnering with Palm Tran to transport homeless individuals from John Prince Park, Phil Foster Park, Jim Berry Light Harbor Park and Curry Park at 3 pm and 7 pm today (Sunday). Individuals will be transported to the nearest shelter. We are encouraging residents to share this information widely. Buses will pick up individuals at the following locations:
- John Prince Park – Commodore Pavilion (2 buses)
- Phil Foster Park – next to the bridge
- Jim Berry Light Harbor Park – in the car loop
- Curry Park – next to the first pavilion
We strongly encourage individuals to get on the bus today. When winds reach 45 mph, Palm Tran buses are taken off the roads and will not be able to transport. Individuals should bring necessary items with them, such as a sleeping bag, pillow and toiletries.
If you decide 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
• 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
Bridges – bridges to the barrier islands will go into lock down this evening (Sundayat 8 p.m. Spans will not open for any boat traffic after that time.
Closings – Palm Beach County government, courts, and public schools are closed Tuesday.
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).
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