As the path of Hurricane Irma becomes clearer, officials have now ORDERED the MANDATORY evacuation of Miami and its surrounding areas, as follows:
Bay Harbor Islands
Indian Creek Village
North Bay Village
Sunny Isles Beach
Four SHELTERS are being opened to house people who have no way to get out, with the hope they survive.
“If you do not heed the warning and you do not heed the mandatory evacuation order and you have a problem, I’m not saying we can’t get to you, I’m saying we may not be able to get to you, so that’s the risk you are taking,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said.
Zone A includes most of Coastal Miami-Dade including Key Biscayne, while Zone B includes Miami Beach, Miami’s Brickell Avenue neighborhood, more inland areas and other oceanfront cities. Click here for a map of evacuation zones.
For optimum safety, those in Miami Beach are urged to evacuate using the most direct route to their destination, which include: A1A Northbound/Collins Avenue, 41 Street to Julia Tuttle Causeway and 5 Street to MacArthur Causeway westbound.
All city garages are now open for residents to park free of cost, with the exception of the City Hall garage.
The county is opening four shelters, one of which is pet-friendly.
“The storm continues to be a threat to Miami-Dade County,” said Gimenez. “Miami-Dade County has begun evacuating 2,200 special needs residents.”
Gimenez told residents that shelters should be a last resort due to limits in capacity.
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Mayor Urges “Get Out NOW!”
Miami Beach Mayor Urges Residents To Get Out Now: ‘This Is A Nuclear Hurricane’
Miami Beach is a barrier island that runs seven miles long and one mile wide. The tourist mecca averages three feet above sea level. Irma surge exceeds 16 feet.
“As you know, as of yesterday, I have been telling our residents I strongly urge they please leave Miami Beach. You have friends, you have family – go visit them,” Levine said. “Get out of the barrier island and I am very happy Mayor Gimenez issue the mandatory evacuation early this evening.”
The storm is massive and already doing catastrophic damage to several island nations.
“This storm will envelope us whether it is off shore or on shore. It won’t make a difference,” Levine said.
Resident are urged to stay informed and keep an eye on the storm. Miami-Dade County offers a variety of apps and alerts to stay up to date. You can sign up for Miami-Dade Emergency Alerts that will let you know through email or texts about public safety issues, recommended public protective actions, or other emergency information. Their SAFE app lets users find open and available evacuation centers and Disaster Assistance Centers near you. To report damage info to the county, click here.
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