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Shortly before noon Sunday, Broward County was placed under a Tropical Storm Watch as winds of up to 73 miles per hour are possible.
As Hurricane Dorian pushes through the Caribbean at near record strength and speed, counties across South Florida are preparing for tropical storm and even hurricane force winds that could strike in the coming days.
Miami-Dade has not issued any alerts Sunday, but officials are advising caution as the storm still could deliver tropical storm strength winds of 40 miles an hour or more to parts of the area. Shortly before noon Sunday, Broward County was placed under a Tropical Storm Watch as winds of up to 73 miles per hour are possible within the next 48 hours.
Both Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport remain open as of Sunday afternoon, but Fort Lauderdale officials say the will close Monday at noon as winds could already reach 55 miles per hour.
Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach public schools and the district office will be closed on Tuesday while American Heritage School will close both its Plantation and Boca Raton campuses on Tuesday as well. Christopher Columbus High School in Miami will also close on Tuesday.
Florida International University has canceled classes on Tuesday as well as the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court in Miami.
Florida Department of Transportation officials will begin closing drawbridges at Andrew Avenue, 3rd Avenue and Southwest 7th Avenue and all drawbridges in the area are closed as of 8 p.m.
Fort Lauderdale will allow residents to park in three garages in the city: Riverwalk Center at 150 SE 2nd Street, Arts and Science District at 101 SW 5th Avenue and Las Olas Garage at 200 Las Olas Circle.
Port Everglades closed Sunday while all parks, libraries and animal care shelters will be closed until further notice.
Tolls have been suspended on major roadways – including the Turnpike, Alligator Alley and Sawgrass Expressway – in the area while Miami Beach will allow residents to get sandbags at the Public Works Yard at 451 Dade Blvd.
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Andros Island and for the east coast of Florida from north of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia/Brevard County Line.
A tropical storm warning is in effect from north of Deerfield Beach to Sebastian Inlet in Florida.
Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in Palm Beach County for residential structures in Zone A and Zone B as of 1 p.m. Sunday. Click here for more information. For a Palm Beach County “Know Your Zone” map, click here.
“Zone A includes mobile homes, sub-standard housing and low-lying areas prone to water intrusion,” Palm Beach County officials wrote in a statement. “Zone B generally includes the barrier islands, land areas north and south of the Jupiter Inlet, and other surge-vulnerable areas south along the Intracoastal Waterway to the Broward County line.”