As of 11/08/22 at 8:00 a.m.
A Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the east coast of Florida, including the City of Hollywood. Hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area in Florida by Wednesday night with tropical storm conditions expected by Tuesday night. The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water could reach 2 to 4 feet above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide. Additionally, 3 to 5 inches of rainfall, with a maximum of 7 inches is anticipated for the Florida Peninsula. Large swells generated by Nicole will affect the east coast of Florida over the next several days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
Residents are encouraged to stay tuned to trusted news providers like the US National Weather Service Miami Florida and the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center for the latest information on this system and take any needed preparations to be storm ready.
Garbage Collection Information
Residents should refrain from cutting trees or doing additional landscaping projects until after this storm passes. Sanitation collections will continue on a regular collection schedule until further notice. Property owners are asked to secure garbage and recycling carts immediately after collection and for the duration of the storm.
Several City-sponsored events have been canceled through this weekend. Please be sure to check the website calendar for the latest event information.
Storm Preparations Underway
To prepare for the possibility of severe weather including heavy rainfall that could coincide with high tides and gusty winds, City crews are taking the following steps:
- Public Works crews are deploying barricades and flood safety signage as a precautionary measure along State Road A1A on Hollywood Beach and in parts of Hollywood Lakes (North and South Lake, areas near the Intracoastal Waterway.) If possible, avoid driving in these low-lying areas. When these roadways become inundated, it is very difficult to see the roadway to distinguish it from the Lake or Intracoastal, and maintain control of the vehicle to safely navigate passage.
- Public Utilities crews are checking all primary and auxiliary pumps to ensure they are working properly and will be checking and clearing storm drains.
- Police patrol units are monitoring roadways in flood prone areas.
- While utilities crews will be checking and clearing storm drains, residents who are able can assist by ensuring that storm drains near their homes remain cleared throughout the week.
Reminder: Flood Safety Information
- Motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded areas. Floodwaters can damage your vehicle and prevent you from seeing safety hazards in the roadway.
- Use caution with electrical appliances, electrical cords and outlets if floodwaters have entered your home.
- Residents should not go outside or wade in standing flood water, which can contain contaminants. Following a heavy storm, sharp debris and other items from overturned garbage bins could be hidden in the water and cause injury. Standing water also may contain harmful bacteria that could cause infection.
- Health officials remind the public to not let children or pets play in flood water.
- Call 911 if flood damage to your home has created an emergency situation such as a fire.
- Residents should have their homeowner’s insurance information and flood insurance information readily available. If you experience flood damage, seek advice from your insurer on documenting the damage and drying out your home. The same applies for contacting your vehicle insurance provider if you find your vehicle has been damaged.
Sign Up for Alert Hollywood Emergency Notifications
The City of Hollywood has an emergency notification system called Alert Hollywood. Used by many government agencies throughout Florida, Alert Hollywood notifies residents through phone calls, e-mails and/or text messages to mobile phones of an emergency in the community such as a hurricane watch or warning, flash flood warning, tornado warning, serious police situations and other critical incidents.
Sign up for Alert Hollywood today. After you submit your information, you will receive Alert Hollywood notifications whenever an alert is issued. Alerts may be received by phone and/or email address. Severe weather alerts issued by the National Weather Service are automatically issued through the Alert Hollywood system if you elect to receive those notifications.
The Alert Hollywood service is free to the public. Text message fees by your wireless carrier may apply depending on your mobile phone plan. Alert Hollywood is powered by the Everbridge critical event management software platform.
Important information will be posted on the City’s website, shared via the Alert Hollywood application, through Notify Me “News and Announcements” email and text messages and on the City’s social media sites. Please bookmark, follow, like and subscribe today.
Storm Drain Information
While utilities crews continue to check and clear storm drains, residents who are able can assist by ensuring that storm drains near their homes remain cleared throughout the week.