Mandatory Evacuations Ahead of Category 5 Hurricane Irma for Miami Beach, FL & More

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Category 5 Hurricane Irma is forecast to make landfall in southern Florida on Saturday night/Sunday morning.

Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for Miami-Dade County for all mobile homes, all of Zone A, the Barrier Islands, and parts of Zone B (see map below).

Image showing the 3 hurricanes in the Atlantic basin now and the last time we had 3 there back in 2010. Very similar pattern. image: Brian McNoldy – Senior Research Associate at Univ. of Miami’s Rosenstiel School.

It’s hoped that Irma will have decreased in strength to a category 3 or 4 hurricane before it hits Miami.

“Hurricane Watch will likely be required later today for portions of southern Florida and the Florida Keys.” – NOAA, today

There are currently 3 hurricanes in the Atlantic basin right now:  

  • Irma (category 5)
  • Katia (category 1)
  • Jose (category 1)

This is the first time there have been 3 active hurricanes in the Atlantic basin since 2010.

Storm surge map with zones for Miami-Dade County, FL.




Miami-Dade County is monitoring Hurricane Irma, with the Emergency Operations Center activated at Level 1.



Mandatory evacuation order for all mobile homesall of Zone A, the Barrier Islands, and parts of Zone B, which include:

  • Bal Harbour
  • Bay Harbour Island
  • Golden Beach
  • Indian Creek Village
  • Miami Beach
  • North Bay Village
  • Sunny Isles Beach
  • Surf Side

To find out what zone your property is in, use the Storm Surge map.



Miami International Airport remains open, but some flights have been cancelled. Passengers should contact their airline for flight updates.


The Pet and Adoption Protection Center will be open for adoption and vaccination services on Wednesday, Sept. 6 and will be closed starting Thursday, Sept. 7. The Homestead Community Spay/Neuter Clinic will be closed.

Spay/neuter surgeries scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 10 will be rescheduled.



Miami-Dade Parks marina patrons, with the proper marina decal, may check on, secure or remove their vessel. Once winds reach a sustained speed of 35 mph, staff will be not be on site to assist or provide entry into the marina. As a reminder, the marina is not a safe place to stay during the storm, boat owners are not permitted to stay aboard their vessel..

image: noaa, today


No updates at this time.


No updates at this time.

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The Public Budget Hearing previously scheduled to be held by the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners on Thursday, September 7, 2017, at 5:01 p.m., regarding the County’s Tentative Budget and proposed millage rates for Fiscal Year 2017-18, in the Commission Chambers, located on the Second Floor of the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 N.W. First Street, Miami, Florida 33128, has been cancelled.

The regular meeting of the Commission scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on September 7 has also been cancelled.

Commission Committee meetings scheduled for the week of 9/11 – 9/15 have been cancelled.



image: noaa, today


Miami-Dade County offices will be closed Thursday, Sept. 7 and Friday, Sept. 8.


No updates at this time.


Miami-Dade County libraries will be closed Thursday, Sept. 7 and Friday, Sept. 8. The catalog will also be unavailable. Due dates for any checked out items and hold request pick up dates have been extended.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is closed and tentatively scheduled to reopen Wednesday, Sept. 13.

HistoryMiami Museum will be closed Thursday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 10.

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science will be closed starting Thursday, Sept. 7.


All park activities, including after school programs, shelter rentals, community-based organization-related sports programs such as soccer, cheerleading and football programs will be cancelled beginning Thursday, Sept. 7.

Zoo Miami will be closed starting Thursday, Sept. 7.


No updates at this time.


Miami-Dade County public schools will close at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6 and remain closed Thursday, Sept. 7 and Friday, Sept. 8. Extracurricular activities and athletic games have also been cancelled.


PortMiami is currently open for business. The U.S. Coast Guard’s latest Hurricane Advisory is Port Condition: WHISKEY.
Cargo users are to contact PortMiami’s container terminals directly – POMTOCSeaboard MarineSFCT – for the latest information on operations, including closures.
Cruise travelers should contact their cruise line directly for more information on cruise itineraries.


These shelters are open as of 5 p.m. September 6:

  • North Miami Beach Senior 1247 NE 167 St, North Miami Beach 33162
  • South Miami Senior 6856 SW 53 ST South Miami 33155
  • Felix Varela Senior 15255 SW 96 ST, West Kendall 33196
  • Pet-Friendly Center 10901 Coral Way Miami 33165

Find the closest open shelter

> Find the closest Hurricane Bus Pickup Site


Tolls have been lifted.


Metrobuses will be picking up residents and taking them to the opened shelters until 10 p.m. tonight. Buses will resume picking up residents at 7 a.m. tomorrow.

It has yet to be determined until what time tomorrow buses will stop picking residents.

> Find the closest Hurricane Bus Pickup Site

Miami-Dade Transit Parking Garages

Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) parking garages may be used as an area of refuge for personal automobiles. However, Miami-Dade County will not be responsible for any damage, vandalism and/or theft to vehicles or their contents while parked in our facilities. Availability of spaces will be on a first-come, first-served basis. DTPW parking garages will be open to the public Thursday, September 7th at noon.

Parking Garages:


Bulky waste pile scheduling has been suspended. Solid Waste Management will continue to work to service previously-scheduled bulky waste piles. Residents are urged to refrain from placing any new material on the right-of-way for collection.

Trash and Recycling Centers have extended hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday, Sept. 8.

Curbside garbage and recycling services will continue to be provided as scheduled on Thursday, Sept. 7 and Friday, Sept. 8.

Please secure your green waste carts and blue recycling carts inside a garage or utility room once they have been serviced so the carts do not become flying debris during the storm.

Municipal residents not served by Miami-Dade County should contact their respective waste service providers for service updates and information related to the storm.


No updates at this time.

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