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Posted on: August 31, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Be Prepared for Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian

All City of Hollywood Staff involved with Emergency Management and Public Safety are closely monitoring the track and development of Hurricane Dorian.  Preparations have taken place throughout the City for possible impacts from Dorian.  As of the National Hurricane Center's Saturday morning 8AM Advisory, Dorian is a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph. Dorian is moving to the west-northwest at 12 mph toward the northwestern Bahamas where hurricane warnings have been issued. The storm is expected to slow its forward motion considerably in the next 24-48 hours. The latest forecast track has Dorian turning toward the north off the coast of Florida and heading toward the Georgia/South Carolina coastal area. No watches or warnings have been issued for Florida at this time. The Hollywood area is on the southern edge of the three- and five-day forecast cones. Miami-Dade County is no longer in the forecast cone. Despite the encouraging new forecast for South Florida, it is important that residents continue to monitor Dorian’s progress due to the storm’s erratic behavior during the past week. The forecast can change again very quickly. The latest information from the National Hurricane Center indicates the storm will be closest to the Florida coast off St. Lucie County at 2 am Tuesday.  Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles. 

Residents should ensure they have a hurricane plan in place and are storm ready.  

• Gather your hurricane supplies now if you have not already done so. During hurricane season residents should have three to five days’ worth of supplies, such as non-perishable food and water, for each person in your household.  Make sure you have any prescriptions filled and don't forget about supplies for your pets.

• Residents should refrain from cutting trees or doing additional landscaping projects until after this storm passes. The normal collection of garbage and recycling is underway.  If your collection day for solid/commingled/recyclable materials has already occurred this week, then you must properly secure and store these materials safely on your property until after the storm passes. Solid/commingled and recyclable materials should be secured in a safe, sheltered location. 

• Free parking will be provided for Hollywood residents on a first come, first served basis in the City's two downtown parking garages in advance of the storm.  This will not occur until the storm gets closer.  The city's website will be updated once parking fees are waived.  Residents will need to provide identification with a Hollywood address.  All vehicles must be parking properly in a marked parking space.

• In preparation for the storm, all floating docks at City boat launches have been removed.  

• Make plans to secure any outdoor items that could be blown around in the storm. Bring these items indoors or otherwise secure them as the storm approaches.


  • All drawbridges in Broward County will begin the lockdown process at 12:00 noon on  Saturday, August 31. By 8:00 p.m. all drawbridges will be locked down until further notice.
  • Broward County Animal Care & Adoption shelter is closed to the public. In addition to tending to the animals at the shelter, staff will be preparing to receive donated supplies that will be utilized in an anticipated recovery effort. Animal Control will be available for priority cases.
  • All Broward County campgrounds, rental halls, and water parks are closed to the public.
  • All libraries are closed to the public until further notice. Book drops will be locked and late fees will not be charged during the emergency.
  • County auto tag offices that are normally open on Saturday are closed.
  • City-operated Community Centers, Sports Fields, the ArtsPark Visual Arts Center and studios, Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, Driftwood Pool and the Art & Culture Center are closed
  • City's beach concessions to the public have been suspended until further notice.
  • Fuel sales at the Hollywood Marina have been suspended until further notice

The City of Hollywood does not have sandbags for distribution. Residents are encouraged to visit the City of Hollywood’s website at www.hollywood for hurricane preparation tips and information regarding where to purchase sandbags and other hurricane supplies.

Before, during and after a storm important information will be posted on the City’s website at, shared via CodeRED Alerts, through NotifyMe “News and Announcements” email and text messages and on the City’s social media sites on Facebook and Twitter. Receive the latest emergency updates and information by signing up today. Please bookmark, follow, like and subscribe to the City's various information sources to be in the know.

Emergency Website: 
Twitter: @cohgov
Facebook: @CityOfHollywoodFL
YouTube: hollywoodflch78

Please stay tuned to local radio and television broadcasts for further details of the storm movement and impact to our area.

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