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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 pushed through the Caribbean at near record strength and speed, counties across South Florida were preparing for tropical storm and even hurricane force winds that could strike in the coming days.
Miami-Dade has not issued any alerts, 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.
Broward County was placed under a Tropical Storm Watch as winds of up to 73 miles per hour were possible as Dorian was expected to pass off the east coast.
Broward County officials announced they were opening three general population shelters, at Atlantic Technical College/Arthur Ashe Junior Campus (1701 Northwest 23rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale), Monarch High School (5050 Wiles Road in Coconut Creek), and a pet-friendly shelter at Everglades High School (17100 Southwest 48th Court, Miramar). Officials said the shelters weren’t opened in response to any change in the storm track forecast, but for residents who feel uncomfortable remaining in their homes.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport closed at noon Monday, and would stay closed until further notice, airport officials said. Miami International Airport remained open Monday, but officials said there were delays and cancellations.
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.
FIU, Broward College and Miami-Dade College have both suspended classes through Tuesday. Officials at the colleges said they will update students and faculty as they continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian’s path.
Florida Department of Transportation officials closed drawbridges at Andrew Avenue, 3rd Avenue and Southwest 7th Avenue and all drawbridges in the area were closed.
Fort Lauderdale will allow residents to park in three garages in the city: Riverwalk Center at 150 Southeast 2nd Street, Arts and Science District at 101 Southwest 5th Avenue and Las Olas Garage at 200 Las Olas Circle.
Port Everglades closed Sunday while all parks, libraries and animal care shelters in Broward will be closed until further notice. All parks, playgrounds and pools in the cities of Miami, Aventura and Miami Beach are closed at this time.
Tolls have been suspended on major Florida roadways, including the Florida Turnpike, Alligator Alley and Sawgrass Expressway.
Tri-Rail and Brightline services will not run on Monday and will remain closed until further notice. The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court is closed on Tuesday as well.
Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in Palm Beach County for residential structures in Zone A and Zone B as of 1 p.m. Sunday. 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.”