Is Jupiter, Florida Evacuating Because of Hurricane Irma?
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Is Jupiter, Florida Evacuating Because of Hurricane Irma?

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Jupiter during Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

Jupiter and the rest of Palm Beach County is now covered under a hurricane warning because of Hurricane Irma and there has been a mandatory evacuation order, which began at 10:00 a.m. Friday. It is important to familiarize yourself with the evacuation maps and shelters in Jupiter.

In addition to the map below, you can click here to go to PBCGov.com/KnowUrZone to search by your address.

Jupiter evacuation zones, Palm Beach County evacuation, Hurricane Irma Evacuation Zones

Palm Beach CountyThe Palm Beach County Evacuation map.

Palm Beach County officials announced a mandatory evacuation for residents in residential structures in Zones A and B. Residents in Zone C are under a voluntary evacuation. Residents in the Glades area of Zone E are also under mandatory evacuation.

Zone A includes mobile homes and residents in low-lying areas. Zone B includes the barrier islands, plus areas north and south of the Jupiter Inlet. It also includes surge-vulnerable areas along the Intercoastal Waterway. Residents in Zone C who are not confident in the safety of their building or have experienced flooding in the past can evacuate.

“Zone C generally includes properties from the Intracoastal waterway west to US Highway 1 in South County and Central County, and areas in close proximity to the Loxahatchee River and the northern tip of the Lake Worth Lagoon,” officials note.

Classes were already cancelled in Palm Beach County for Thursday and Friday.

On Wednesday, Palm Beach County officials told WPTV that it is “highly recommended” that residents of the barrier islands evacuate now. However, there is no mandatory order.

The Jupiter War Cry notes that if you do plan on evacuating Palm Beach County, you can use the Florida Turnpike, I-95, US Highway 1, A1A and West Indiantown Road. Tolls on Florida highways have been suspended because of the storm.

Evacuation Zones Full County by Daniel S Levine on Scribd

“We strongly recommend that you begin doing so at this time,” County Administrator Verdenia Baker said. However, Baker added that you need to “evacuate miles, not hundreds of miles.” She also noted that it would be best for residents to find friends and family members to stay with, using shelters as a last resort.

Hurricane Irma track, Hurricane Irma path, Hurricane Irma forecast

NOAA/NHCHurricane Irma forecast from the NHC at 5 p.m. Friday.

Baker told WPTV that there are 15 shelters across the county. One shelter available in Jupiter is the Independence Middle School at 4001 Greenway Drive Jupiter 33458. The shelters will be opening at 10 a.m.

At 11:00 a.m. ET, the National Hurricane Center issued the first hurricane watches for South Florida, covering “Jupiter Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach,” the Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee and Florida Bay. A Storm Surge Watch is also in effect for “Jupiter Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach” and the Florida Keys.

Storm Surge Watch, Hurricane Irma update

NOAA/NHCThe pink area is under a Storm Surge Watch.

A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions – meaning maximum winds at or over 75 mph – are possible for the area. They are issued 48 hours in advance to give residents ample time to prepare.

To sign up for the ALERTPBC, Palm Beach County’s emergency notification system, click here.

Here is the seven-day forecast for Jupiter from the National Weather Service:

Friday: 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. Heat index values as high as 105. Northeast wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Friday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 82. Windy, with a northeast wind 16 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Saturday: Tropical storm conditions possible, with hurricane conditions also possible. Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9am. High near 89. Heat index values as high as 103. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Saturday Night: Tropical storm conditions expected, with hurricane conditions possible. Showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 9pm. Low around 79. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Sunday: Hurricane conditions possible. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 9am, then showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9am. High near 88. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Sunday Night: Hurricane conditions possible. Showers and thunderstorms likely before 9pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 76. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Monday: Tropical storm conditions possible. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 9am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Monday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 75. Windy, with a southwest wind 14 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.
Tuesday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tuesday Night: A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 77. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.
Wednesday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 77.
Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88.

Florida residents can also find the most up-to-date information on Hurricane Irma at FloridaDisaster.org.



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