Broward and Palm Beach counties also are weighing when to open shelters and order evacuations, the Palm Beach Post reported. “I would rather inconvenience our residents on this occasion than suffer any unnecessary loss of life if we are hit by Hurricane Irma“.
Residents who do not live along the coast and those who don’t live near Lake Okeechobee “do not necessarily need to evacuate”.
All after school activities will also be cancelled on Wednesday.
As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Irma was a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 185 miles per hour – a far more powerful storm than Harvey, which lingered over Greater Houston and brought devastating flooding to that area.
“It’s a life-safety issue”, said Cathie Perkins, manager of the planning bureau for Miami-Dade’s Emergency Management division.
No evacuations have been ordered yet in Broward County, Sharief said. Gimenez on Tuesday addressed his remarks to visitors, urging tourists to consider “cutting your vacations short”.
“This is a tempest that can’t and ought not be overlooked”, Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said at a press instructions.
Barry University will be closed after 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Here is the full list of shelters in Miami-Dade County, from Miami-Dade.gov.
Perkins said Miami-Dade is working on the assumption that the county will order evacuations of the A and B zones.
“If people are looking to leave the state, then they need to leave in plenty of time so they don’t get caught in the evacuation”, she said.
Tolls were lifted on the turnpike and other highways on Tuesday.
Miami-Dade County government will be closed Thursday and Friday, and the County Commission scrapped a planned preliminary vote on the 2018 budget on Thursday evening.
Officials said a decision will be made later this week on whether classes will be held Monday.
Miami Country Day School will be shut from Wednesday through the finish of the week and Gulliver Schools and Ransom Everglades will be shut Thursday and Friday.
University of Miami classes and events and classes and events at the UM marine campus are canceled Wednesday, Sept. 6 through and Friday, Sept. 8.