Tuesday, July 16 2024

Hurricane Dorian descends on US

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for Palm Beach County as tropical-storm-force winds from Hurricane Dorian are expected to hit the area within 36 hours. Residential structures in Zone A and B must be evacuated effective at 1 p.m. ET, Palm Beach County said in a news release.

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 line, the county said.

Hurricane Dorian

Most of Palm Beach County is not being evacuated and residents should shelter within the county if possible. With the unpredictable nature of Hurricane Dorian, evacuating north is not recommended.

At 1 p.m. ET today, 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. The pet-friendly shelter is located at 6000 Northtree Boulevard, Lake Worth.

For more information on the shelters, and other information about the hurricane, residents cant visit www.pbcgov.com/dem