Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Mandatory Evacuation Ordered For Miami-Dade's Barrier Islands and Coastal Areas


Irma now is clocked at having sustained winds of 185 miles per hour, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Broward County public schools are closed Thursday, Sept. 7 and Friday, Sept. 8.

"A lot of times they end up having hurricane parties here instead of evacuating", Monroe County spokeswoman Cammy Clark said by phone. The mandatory evacuation of coastal South Florida started from Wednesday.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center forecasts that Irma may strike southern Florida on Saturday, when it could still be a major hurricane.

Meanwhile, Miami-Dade County offers a variety of apps and alerts to stay up to date.

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With Hurricane Irma continuing its push across the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean, South Florida is keeping its eye on the storm and several municipalities are announcing closures as a result of the storm. "It's the Big One for us", Ed Rappaport, acting director of the hurricane center, told WFOR-TV in Miami on Wednesday evening.

Gimenez said that everyone living in the red-colored "Zone A" on Miami-Dade's flood map needs to leave.

In Miami Beach, city officials are providing up to 10 sand bags per family to residents of the city at 451 Dade Boulevard. "I'm personally recommending to our residents that you consider leaving the city of Miami Beach in advance of the evacuation order that we anticipate will be coming from the county mayor", Levine said. (If you live in a mobile home, you also must leave, no matter where you live.) The order reportedly impacts more than 100,000 people.

Officials across Florida said they saw signs of people taking Irma more seriously than past storms. "My neighbors are talking about it, and we don't usually do that", Walker said.

Resident are urged to stay informed and keep an eye on the storm. "Open the tap and use containers in your home to store tap water", said Gimenez.

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