Eight counties in South Florida are under a state of emergency, the warning from authorities is clear, residents must prepare for the worst.
The National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Watch that extends from the Florida Keys to Deerfield Beach, and a Tropical Storm Warning in Broward and Palm Beach.
The ETA storm is advancing at a threatening pace and South Florida expects its impact in the next few hours.
Ericka Benítez, spokesperson for the Miami-Dade Fire Department, warns that if your “area is at high risk of flooding, move valuables to higher places in the house.”
“We are working very closely again, but we warn that this could be a very serious circumstance,” said Pepe Díaz, Miami-Dade commissioner.
In a statement, Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in the counties of Broward, Collier, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach.
For his part, Carlos Giménez, mayor of Miami-Dade made a call to “love objects that can fly, do not leave garbage in the yard, save enough drinking water for three days.”
Meanwhile the Coast Guard warned: “Recreational vessels are advised to seek safe harbor, port facilities should review their bad weather plans and prepare adequately for anticipated conditions.”
For its part, the electric power company FPL, made a commitment to its customers. “We will work day and night safely until all customers have the lights back on,” said Marie Bertot, a spokeswoman for FPL.
Miami Dade College suspended classes on Sunday, November 8 and Monday, November 9, while Fort Lauderdale authorities said Public Works crews continue to pump water day and night in Melrose Park and Manors.
Miami-Dade County reports on the closure of all its parks as of this Sunday, November 8 and until Monday, 9, as well as the closure of beaches on the same days.
For people who need evacuations, a shelter has been opened for residents who live in mobile homes and low-lying areas, or for those who need an Evacuation Center, it will be the Miami-Dade County Youth Fairgrounds which is located at 10901 in Coral Way.
People should bring the necessary items, including blankets, pillows, medications, and the required face covers. Bus pick ups for residents will be available starting at 6 am this Sunday.
Miami-Dade County continues with a daily curfew effective from midnight.
In the city of Miami, free sandbags for residents will be distributed this Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The limit is five bags per person and the distribution will be through a drive-thru that will take place in Grapeland Park located at 1550 NW and 37th Ave in Miami, and in Legion Park located at 6447 NE and 7th Bird.