Miami Beach prepares for Tropical Storm Eta

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Miami Beach prepares for Tropical Storm Eta:

area now under a tropical storm warning

Updated Saturday, November 7 at 8:30 pm

*Tropical Storm Warning/Hurricane and Storm Surge Watches have been issued for South Florida

From the National Hurricane Center:
Damaging tropical-storm-force winds are expected Sunday night, with hurricane-force winds possible, in the Florida Keys and portions of the southern Florida peninsula [including Miami-Dade County], where a Tropical Storm Warning and Hurricane Watch are in effect. Elsewhere across portions of the east and west coasts of the Florida peninsula, the risk of tropical-storm-force winds will extend well away from Eta's center, and Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings are in effect.

A life threatening storm surge is possible along portions of the southern coast of the Florida peninsula and the Florida Keys, where a Storm Surge Watch is in effect. 

Miami-Dade County is under a flood watch through Tuesday evening. You can monitor the storm via the National Hurricane Center here.

Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency in several counties including Miami-Dade.

The City's beaches will be closed Sunday and Monday.

Drawbridges in Miami-Dade County *may* be locked in the down position by Sunday morning, November 8. 

Businesses with sidewalk cafés in Miami Beach have been instructed to move furniture, planters, umbrellas, etc. by close of business today (Saturday). Contractors and utility agencies have been directed to immediately secure their job sites to eliminate all hazardous conditions and completely demobilize from the City's right-of-way.

In preparation for the heavy rain – which could be ten inches in some areas – stormwater drains in the City are being cleaned to eliminate any obstructions. Temporary generators are also being deployed in locations prone to flooding and in areas where neighborhood improvement projects designed to help with flood mitigation have not yet been completed.

City Garages Open: In addition, all City garages are now open for residents to store their cars as heavy flooding is expected. You can park for free until 6 pm on Tuesday, November 10. Note: Upon exiting a garage, you must show a photo ID or utility bill with a Miami Beach address.

Sandbag distribution for residents will be at the Public Works Yard, 451 Dade Boulevard (between Beach High and Fire Station 2) today, Saturday, from 7 am to 7:30 pm until the weather deteriorates or the sand supply runs out. The limit is six sandbags per car and you must show proof of residency. City staff will load the bags into the vehicles, allowing for social distancing to be observed. 
Sandbags are also available at local hardware stores.

Reminder: Taking sand from beaches is prohibited. After the storm, do not empty sandbags onto beaches or into drains.

Schedule notes

COVID testing: All drive-up testing has stopped at the Miami Beach Convention Center and will remain closed through the weekend. Walk-up testing will be operational this weekend subject to weather conditions. Check the schedule here.

Parks closing: On Monday, November 9, all parks throughout the City will close and all programming, including the after-school program, will be cancelled due to the expected inclement weather.


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