NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ADVISORY
HURRICANE DORIAN 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2019
The City of Delray Beach will be implementing a partial activation of its Emergency Operations Center Saturday with a probable full activation Sunday, depending on the path of Hurricane Dorian, a powerful, slow-moving hurricane that poses threats of flooding and hurricane-force winds to Florida’s eastern coast.
Compounding the storm’s potential threat, Delray Beach is also experiencing King Tides, during which water levels are higher than normal, that will remain through Hurricane Dorian. We can expect heavy flooding in coastal or low-lying areas of our city. Due to the difficulty of attempting to protect property from the storm surge, it is crucial that each resident properly prepares for the storm. If you live in an area prone to flooding or in a home which will be unsafe during the storm – make plans to evacuate or go to a shelter early. Once the storm hits our city’s ability to respond to emergencies becomes limited due to storm conditions. Simply put, help may not be possible.
Residents should avoid driving in or walking through standing water. Don’t Drown, Turn Around!
While it remains unclear where Hurricane Dorian will make landfall, at this time Palm Beach County remains in the forecasters’ cone of uncertainty, and residents should complete their hurricane preparations before Sunday morning. Please secure any items that could potentially become flying projectiles such as outdoor furniture, garden décor, loose roof tiles and branches.
Waste Management will conduct normal operations through Saturday. Beginning Sunday, residents should not put any yard debris or bulk items out for pickup as the schedule for next week has not been determined.
City staff are prepared as possible to deal with this storm. Necessary resources have been purchased. Generators, chain saws and lift stations have been inspected, and everything is in proper, working order. If the storm stays on its present course, we will be dealing with an extremely dangerous storm.
To stay up to date with crucial information about the storm and the city’s preparations, residents can sign up for CodeRED by visiting the city’s website, www.delraybeachfl.gov, or on their mobile devices by texting “DelrayPrepared” (one word) to 99411. Or follow us on Facebook: @CityofDelrayBeach, on Instagram: @CityofDelrayBeachFL and on Twitter: @CityDelrayBeach
Residents can also obtain up-to-date information on the storm, evacuations, shelters and safety tips by following the city on social media or by calling the city’s Hurricane Dorian Information Line at (561) 243 -7034.
Visit www.readypbc.com for information about evacuations zones, emergency preparations and shelters.
For the latest updates on Tropical Storm Dorian, visit the National Hurricane Center website at www.nhc.noaa.gov