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Even as Hurricane Dorian is not forecast to strike Florida until early next week, residents in South Florida were not wasting time preparing
The governments of Broward County and Miami-Dade County are anticipating significant effects from Hurricane Dorian as they announced respective emergency declarations Friday.
Miami-Dade County’s mayor announced he signed the emergency declaration due to Dorian’s path.
“Depending on the storm’s trajectory, we will make a decision about the opening of evacuation centers as needed,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez wrote in a statement. “We have capacity for up to 100,000 people, but we are NOT to that stage yet. No evacuation orders have been issued so far.”
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Broward County announced it would declare a local state of emergency at 2 p.m. Friday. The declaration would allow the Broward County’s administration the power to direct an evacuation, impose a curfew and require businesses to close.
The Broward Emergency Operations Center was on Level 2, a planning and preparation mode. At Level 1, the county would likely order evacuations and open shelters.
“As far as when they’ll open we’ll know better tomorrow but if I had to guess I think we’re looking closer to Sunday if anything,” Broward Mayor Mark Bogen said. “We can require certain business to close that we may consider to be in a dangerous area. We can require public places to close, buildings, beaches, parks, schools.”
Even as Hurricane Dorian is not forecast to strike Florida until early next week, residents in South Florida were not wasting time preparing.
The uncertain track of where the storm will strike has South Floridians stocking up on supplies like bottled water and canned foods at local stores and filling their vehicles with gas at stations across the area.
In Downtown Hollywood, businesses began the process of boarding up windows.
“We’re very optimistic thinking it’s going to go north, but you don’t fight Mother Nature,” business owner Solomon Mishaan said.
Up in West Palm Beach, where Dorian was being forecast to make landfall, some homeowners said they were just trying to avoid anxiety and stress.
“You have to do your best to be prepared and I got some supplies a few days ago and being anxious is not going to do anything, being calm is important,” Laura Rhodes said.
In the Florida Keys, officials on Friday said they were not ordering a mandatory visitor evacuation, but said they were encouraging visitors to leave the island chain if they have the means to do so.
South Floridians remember well the lessons of Hurricane Irma two years ago. The ferocious storm took an unexpected turn and forced some families to reroute evacuation plans.