As of Saturday evening there are nearly 30,000 evacuees settled into 42 Miami-Dade hurricane shelters. And, lest we forget, still whip up enough storm surge in Biscayne Bay to cause disastrous flooding.
“The new models show that there is a potential for a 4-to-6-foot storm surge to hit South Dade once basically the storm kind of passes us, when we’re now getting circulation from the southeast”, Gimenez said.
“Let me make this very clear: Miami-Dade County is still expecting to be impacted by Hurricane Irma. The storm surge threat: it still stands”.
Coral Gables has issued a curfew from 8 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Sunday. He urged people sheltering to stay there until tropical-storm-force winds subside Monday morning.
The rain bands in advance of Hurricane Irma were evident early Saturday in the Florida Keys and portions of Miami-Dade have been steadily heading north to Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Of those 42, at noon Saturday 11 were filled to capacity, including the three designated as pet-friendly.
The mayor had announced on Saturday that he wouldn’t impose a curfew on Miami-Dade County “at this time”, but on Sunday said the move was needed “for the safety of our residents”.