Hurricane Irma: Tropical Storm Lifted for Hollywood/Recovery Efforts Underway
Update as of 5 a.m., Monday, September 11
The Tropical Storm Warning for the Florida east coast from the Jupiter Inlet south, including all of Hollywood, has now been lifted. The countywide curfew remains in effect for Broward County until 10:00 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11. The City of Hollywood is under a boil water alert due to several water main breaks that crews are working to repair.
As of 5:00 a.m. Irma is located about 200 miles north/northwest of Naples, Florida and is continuing on a North-Northwest track at 18 mph. The storm is weakening as it moves over land and farther away from South Florida.
The City’s Emergency Operations Center will continue to be fully activated through post-storm recovery. Rapid Impact Assessment is underway with Police, Fire/Rescue, Code, Public Works and Public Utilities crews. Residents are asked to observe the curfew, stay off roadways, and avoid flooded areas. There are trees and power lines down throughout the City. Public Works crews are out beginning to clear debris. Additional debris removal crews are being mobilized. Once the main corridors are cleared crews will fan out city-wide to begin removing storm-related debris from streets and then alleyways.
It is very important that residents observe the curfew in effect until 10:00 a.m. and even afterwards refrain from creating unnecessary traffic on the roadways. This will help expedite recovery efforts.
Access onto the barrier island will be restricted until this impact assessment is completed and areas are deemed safe for the public.
Every effort is being made to speed recovery efforts. The timing for complete recovery within the City are dependent upon the amount of damage discovered and the amount of resources required to mobilize for removal.
You can help speed the recovery by collecting your storm-related debris. All collections for garbage, commingled, recycling, brush and storm-related debris will take place curbside at the front of your property until further notice. Collections will take place faster if you pile debris in the front of your home instead of the alley. Alleys should be kept clear for collections trucks and FPL crews that will be out working to restore power. Due to the significant amount of debris, complete recovery will take several weeks. Your patience is appreciated.
The City's Hurricane Call Center is activated. This call center can be reached by calling: 954.967.4EOC (4362). Broward County is also operating its Hurricane Hotline which is 311 or 954.831.4000.
The Broward County curfew will remain in effect until 10 a.m. on Monday morning. Residents are advised to remain inside. Please continue monitoring the storm on various news outlets and check the City’s website www.hollywoodfl.org and twitter feed for updates.