Broward County residents ‘should not let guard down,’ despite shift in forecast, mayor says

Broward County leaders gathered Saturday morning at the Emergency Operations Center in Plantation to give residents an update as Hurricane Irma moves closer to South Florida.

"Irma is a huge and dangerous storm system that continues to pose a threat to all of South Florida," Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said. 

The mayor said the county expects 10 to 12 inches of rain to fall during the storm and the storm surge is estimated to approach 4 to 6 feet.

Sharief said residents should expect flooding and the possibility of tornadic activity.

She said the worst part of the storm for Broward County is expected from 4 a.m. to about 9 p.m. on Sunday.

A curfew has been set for 4 p.m. Saturday and no vehicles, unless authorized, will be allowed on the roads until further notice. 

More than 14,000 residents have sought refuge at shelters throughout the county, Sharief said. The county has also helped shelter more than 1,000 homeless people in the area.

Only two shelters have not been filled to capacity in Broward County: Coconut Palm Elementary School in Miramar and Lakeside Elementary School in Pembroke Pines. Lakeside Elementary will also be accepting pets with proper papers. 

Juliet Roulhac, of Florida Power and Light, said  FPL will send out workers immediately after the storm passes to restore power to affected areas.

"We have over 13,000 workers in place, ready to respond and restore your power after the storm," she said.

Roulhac said some residents were already experiencing power outages Saturday morning as the outer bands began hitting South Florida.

Residents are asked to call 800-4-OUTAGE to report power outages. 

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