Hurricane Dorian Coverage

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Hurricane Dorian Coverage:

Important information and resources

With Hurricane Dorian trending more to the east and north, Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County are not expected to get a direct hit but severe weather is still possible. Most notably, there is the potential for flooding in combination with King Tides along with Tropical Storm force winds (39-73 mph). As of 5 am, Dorian is a category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph.
 
“It is critical to not underestimate the possible impacts of this storm and residents should prepare their homes now,” Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber wrote in a message to residents yesterday. 
 
Due to King Tides, the highest tides of the year, the City has already seen minor flooding. Dorian is expected to bring heavy rain and storm surge. The City’s pump systems “have been tested and readied for the storm,” according to Gelber. King Tides are expected through Tuesday, September 3. Miami-Dade County warns “Coastal and low-lying areas may have increased flooding due to ground saturation caused by recent excessive rains. Use caution when traveling through these areas.”
 
“The City will be installing temporary pumps at 13 locations, and temporarily installing portable generators at 18 other locations to provide backup power to existing permanent pump stations,” Gelber wrote. “We nonetheless should expect to see some flooding due to the combination of King Tides and Hurricane Dorian’s significant rainfall and potential storm surge.”
 
Sandbags will be distributed by the City at two locations on Saturday, August 31 from 8 am until 5 pm and on Sunday September 1 from 8 am until the weather deteriorates or the supply runs out. 
  • South Beach: Public Works yard at 451 Dade Boulevard, between Miami Beach High School and Fire Station 2 on Dade Boulevard. The City notes this area has a machine that fills sandbags and they encourage residents to use this location, if possible.
  • North Beach: 80th Street and Collins Avenue Parking Lot. Residents will need to fill their own bags at this location. The City will have bags and shovels available.
Sandbags are for Miami Beach residents only. You MUST bring proof of residency – either a government issued ID or utility bill. Limit of 6 bags per household. 
 
**Note: It is prohibited to take sand from the beach. “The sand and dunes are the City’s first line of defense against storm surge,” Gelber wrote in his letter. “After the storm, do not empty sand bags onto beaches or into drains.”
 
Parking: [Updated at 7:30 am August 31 with new information from the City] All city garages will be open beginning this morning, Saturday, August 31st at 8 am for residents who will be able to park free of charge during the storm with the following exceptions: 
  • 5th and Alton Garage will open at 8 am Sunday, September 1
  • Refrain from parking at restricted (posted) parking spaces at City Hall garage
  • Please park in marking parking stalls only. Illegally parked vehibles are subject to enforcement actions, including impoundment
List of garages here.

If curbside parking areas are flooded, residents are permitted to park their vehicles safely on the swale. Do not obstruct the sidewalk, roadways, or driveways.
 
Dispose of yard debris:The City’s Green Waste Facility at 2800 Meridian Avenue will be open today, Saturday, August 31 from 8 to 5 for landscaping and vegetative debris.
 
Bulk Waste: The City requests that you NOT put out any bulk waste. All pickups will have to wait until after the storm.
 
Construction sites: “All contractors have been instructed to secure their work zones in preparation for the storm, including securing construction cranes. The City Building Department visited all seven crane and hoist sites in the city on Tuesday, August 27 to have contractors begin preparing the cranes for high wind conditions and to perform a safety inspection,” according to Gelber.
 
Sidewalk Cafés must remove all tables, chairs, planters, umbrellas, etc. from the City’s Right of Way by close of business Saturday.
 
Miami Dade Schools: A Decision has not been made about the status of schools for next week “but could come as early as Saturday,” according to MDPS.
 
Catholic Schools in Miami-Dade County will be closed on Tuesday.
 
Stay informed

Text Updates: Text MBAlert to 888777 to receive text updates or visit www.MBAlerts.com.
 
Miami Beach community hotline: 305-604-CITY
 
Miami-Dade County updates: Call 311 
 
Use 911 for emergencies only
 
Online: City of Miami Beach updates and Bilingual hurricane guide

Register seniors and anyone who needs assistance here or call 311 so they can be checked on.
 
If you decide to leave

No evacuations have been issued as of Saturday morning at 7 am. If an evacuation is ordered it will come from Miami-Dade County.
 
List of evacuation centers here

Information on Pet-friendly shelters and preparing your pets for a hurricane here. Do NOT leave them behind.

Check road status conditions here
 
Fuel availability: GasBuddy has launched a live Dorian fuel availability update

Governor Ron DeSantis announced Friday on twitter: “FHP State Troopers will provide escorts to fuel trucks to ensure they reach critical areas more quickly. We are working closely with the fuel industry to ensure there is an adequate supply of fuel statewide as Hurricane #Dorian approaches.”
 
Services

Power outages: Report or check the status of power outages

Remember: Price gouging is illegal! The Florida Attorney General’s hotline to report any issues is (866) 9NO-SCAM or through www.MyFloridaLegal.com
 
Free Urgent Care and Mental Health Counseling: Baptist Health is offering free unlimited urgent care and mental health counseling services through its Care On Demand App. Use code DORIAN. The offer is good through September 14. 
 
Free WiFi Hotspots: Comcast is making its network of almost 200,000 Xfinity WiFi hotspots in Florida available for free for customers and non-customers. Under available networks, click on “xfinity_ForAll” then launch a browser and sign in.
 
Resources

The Miami Herald has dropped its paywall for the storm
 
City of Miami Beach: @MiamiBeachNews on twitter and Facebook

National Weather Service: @NWSMiami on twitter and Facebook

RE:MiamiBeach: Follow us on Twitter (@RE_MiamiBeach) and Facebook for updates. We're also on Instagram (remiamibeach).
 
 
 

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