With Hurricane Irma threatening South Florida this weekend, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued a mandatory evacuation order for mobile homes, residents of Zone A, and residents of the Barrier Islands, which includes Bal Harbour, Bay Harbour Islands, Golden Beach, Indian Creek Village, Miami Beach, North Bay Village, Sunny Isles Beach and Surfside.
Hurricane Irma is presently a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 180 miles per hour and is moving west northwest at 17 miles per hour.
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This order is effective as of 7 a.m. Thursday morning. Evacuees are advised to move as soon as possible to the homes of friends or family who live outside of evacuation areas after securing their homes. For those who are planning on staying in these evacuated areas, there is no certainty emergency personnel will be able to reach you during or immediately after the possible storm due to what could be an impactful storm surge.
Four shelters opened last night at 5 p.m. and an additional four shelters opened Thursday morning. Meanwhile, the mayor stressed undocumented immigrants have no reason to worry.
“We don’t ask anybody for their identification,” Gimenez said. “Everybody who needs shelter in Miami-Dade County is welcome, and you should do so without any fear of any repercussions.”
The eight shelters are below (Note: Only Darwin Fuchs is pet-friendly):
- South Miami Senior High: 6856 SW 53rd St, Miami, FL 33155
- North Miami Beach Senior High: 1247 NE 167th St, Miami, FL 33162
- Felix Varela Senior High: 15255 SW 96th St, Miami, FL 33196
- Darwin Fuchs Pavilion: Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center (pet friendly): 10901 Southwest 24th Street, Miami, FL, United States, 33165
- Miami Carol City Senior: 3301 Miami Gardens Dr, Miami Gardens, 33056
- Miami Central Senior: 1781 NW 95 St, Miami, 33147
- North Miami Senior: 13110 NE 8th Ave, North Miami, 33161
- TERRA Environmental, 11005 SW 84 St., 33173
Parts of South Florida are currently projected to have a 90 percent chance of experiencing at least tropical storm-force winds, the National Hurricane Center noted in its 2 a.m. advisory. The earliest arrival of these winds is currently expected around late Friday night/early Saturday morning.
Broward County also mandated coastal evacuations and is opening 14 shelters, which can be viewed here.