MESSAGE FROM INTERIM CITY MANAGER NEAL DE JESUS
Hurricane Dorian remains an unpredictable and dangerous storm which has caused extensive damage in the Bahamas. Although forecasters remain unable to predict exactly how the storm will affect Palm Beach County, we have begun to experience outer rain bands and wind gusts, as well as hazardous marine and beach conditions.
The wind gusts and rain bands we are experiencing now will become even more frequent and significantly more dangerous as Dorian moves closer to Florida.
Palm Beach County has ordered evacuations of zones A and B which includes mobile homes, substandard residences, areas prone to flooding and the barrier islands.
To comply with the mandatory barrier island evacuation and because of the risk of hazardous rip currents, the city’s public beach is closed and will remain so until further notice.
Remember to avoid flooded areas and downed power lines. Both pose a multitude of risks to your safety.
There is no curfew enacted yet in Palm Beach County.
Residents can 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 -7033.
The shelter at Atlantic High School is open in our city. Remember to bring everything you need with you to the shelter. That includes food, water, bedding, medications and baby supplies, if appropriate.
For a list of shelters open to the public throughout the county, including a pet-friendly shelter and a special needs shelter, please go to readyPBC.com or download their free app “PBC DART.”
Tolls have been suspended on the Florida Turnpike, Alligator Alley, Sawgrass Expressway, Beachline Expressway, East and West Beltway, State Road 417 and State Road 429.
Bridges are allowing westbound traffic. No boat traffic will be allowed until the storm has passed.
To report any suspected instances of price gouging, scams or fraud, call the price gouging hotline at 866-9NO-SCAM (866-966-7226).
For the latest updates on Tropical Storm Dorian, visit the National Hurricane Center website at www.nhc.noaa.gov.
The city’s emergency operations center has been fully activated. Our staff continues to work hard to ensure our city is prepared for any possibility.
Tonight, no one can be certain what path Dorian will take. What we can be certain of is the great potential for destruction and harm from a storm this immense and powerful.
We encourage our residents and business owners to stay vigilant, stay safe and look after each other.
Interim City Manager Neal de Jesus