Miami-Dade County officials are preparing for significant damage from Hurricane Irma, a Category 4 hurricane with 150 mph sustained winds as of Friday morning. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for all of Zones A, Zone B and portions of Zone C, so it is important for residents to familiarize themselves with the evacuation zones. School was cancelled for Thursday and Friday.
UPDATE: More shelters have been opened for Miami-Dade County as others have reached full capacity. For a full list of shelters, scroll to the bottom of this post. For the most up-to-date information, follow Miami-Dade on Twitter.
County offices will stay closed on Monday:
The latest evacuation orders from Miami-Dade officials are: mandatory evacuations for all mobile homes, all of Zones A, B, and portions of C. “Residents living in the portions of Zone C south of Coral Way should be preparing to evacuate.” Also, Miami-Dade Transit buses will be providing service to shelters until 10:00 p.m. Friday night, according to the Miami-Dade government. Call the 311 Contact Center or visit MiamiDade.gov/emergency for the closest pick-up location.
Residents of the barrier islands also need to evacuate. This includes Bal Harbour, Bay Harbour Islands, Golden Beach, Indian Creek Village, Miami Beach, North Bay Village, Sunny Isles Beach and Surfside.
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Miami. The city is also covered under a Storm Surge Watch.
The Miami Herald reports that this could be Miami-Dade’s first major evacuation in 12 years. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said earlier that he would issue evacuation orders as soon as late Wednesday or early Thursday. However, his staff was already preparing for thousands of residents being evacuated before coastal flooding can happen.
The first zones that will be evacuated under the planned orders will be A and B, the two closest to the coast. The Herald notes that this could be expanded if the need arises.
Zone A includes most of Coastal Miami-Dade, while Zone B includes Miami Beach. In addition to the map above and below, you can click here and type in your address on the upper left corner to find out which zone you are in.
“This is a powerful storm which poses a serious threat to our area. We will be taking some extraordinary actions to ensure that the residents of Miami-Dade County are safe,” Gimenez said on Tuesday. “I would rather inconvenience our residents on this occasion than suffer any unnecessary loss of life if we are hit by Hurricane Irma.”
Local10 reports that evacuations for those with special needs will start Wednesday morning and shelters are already opening. County offices are closed Thursday and Friday, and Gimenez asked tourists to start planning to leave the county before the storm hits. The mayor said that shelter should only be used as a last resort and police won’t be checking in on residents to check if they leave.
Gimenez held off on issuing a Mandatory Evacuation order until late Wednesday. Those living on the barrier islands and low-lying areas could be asked to evacuate before Irma arrives.
Here is the full list of shelters in Miami-Dade County, from Miami-Dade.gov. Not every shelter will be open for every evacuation. The shelters that are already open are in bold. Residents can dial 311 for evacuation information.
For more details on pet friendly shelters in Miami-Dade, click here.
Amelia Earhart Elem – 5987 East 7th Ave OPEN
American Senior High – 18350 NW 67th Ave OPEN
Andover Middle School – 121 NE 207 Street OPEN
Barbara Goleman Senior High – 14100 NW 89th Ave OPEN
Bob Graham Education Center – 15901 NW 79th Ave OPEN
Coral Park Senior High – 8865 SW 16th Street OPEN
Country Club Middle School – 18305 NW 75th Place OPEN
Darwin Fuchs (Sunshine) Pavilion – 10901 Coral Way AT CAPACITY (Pet Friendly)
Eugenia B. Thomas K-8 Center – 5950 NW 114th Ave AT CAPACITY
Felix Varela Senior High – 15255 SW 96th Street AT CAPACITY
G. Holmes Braddock Senior High – 3601 SW 147th Ave AT CAPACITY
Georgia Jones Middle School – 1331 NW 46th Street OPEN
Hammocks Middle School – 9889 Hammocks Blvd. OPEN (Pet Friendly [limited capacity])
Hialeah Gardens Middle – 11690 NW 92 Ave OPEN
Hialeah Gardens Senior – 11700 Hialeah Gardens Blvd. OPEN
Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High – 7977 West 12th Ave OPEN
Hialeah Middle School – 6027 E 7th Ave OPEN
Hialeah Senior High – 251 East 47th Street OPEN
Highland Oaks Middle – 2375 NE 203rd Street AT CAPACITY (Pet Friendly)
Hubert O. Sibley K-8 Academy – 255 NW 115th Street OPEN
Jorge Mas Canosa Middle School – 15735 SW 144th Street AT CAPACITY
Lake Stevens Middle School – 18484 NW 48th Place OPEN
Linda Lentin K-8 Center – 14312 NE 2nd Ct OPEN
Miami Carol City Senior High – 3301 Miami Gardens Drive OPEN
Miami Central Senior High – 1781 NW 95th Street AT CAPACITY
Miami Edison Senior – 6161 NW 5th Ct AT CAPACITY
Miami Killian Senior High – 10655 SW 97th Ave OPEN
Miami Lakes Educational Center – 5780 NW 158th Street OPEN
Miami Norland Senior – 1050 NW 195th Street OPEN
Miami Northwestern Senior High – 1100 NW 71st Street AT CAPACITY
North Miami Beach Senior High – 1247 NE 167th Street OPEN
North Miami Middle – 700 NE 137 Street AT CAPACITY
North Miami Senior High – 13110 NE 8th Ave AT CAPACITY
Robert Morgan Senior High – 18180 SW 122nd Ave OPEN
Ronald Reagan Senior High – 8600 NW 107th Ave. AT CAPACITY
Ruben Dario Middle – 350 NW 97th Ave OPEN
Shenandoah Middle – 1950 SW 19 Street OPEN
South Dade Middle – 291000 SW 194 Ave AT CAPACITY
South Dade Senior High – 28401 SW 167th Ave AT CAPACITY
South Miami Senior (EHPA Bldg) – 6856 SW 53rd Street AT CAPACITY
Terra Environmental Senior High – 11005 SW 84th Street AT CAPACITY
W.R. Thomas Middle School – 13001 SW 26th Street OPEN
For details on the Emergency & Evacuation Assistance Program, which is designed to help individuals who need help evacuating, click here. Miami-Dade also provides an Emergency Evacuation Pick-up Sites, where a bus will pick up those who need transportation to shelters. You can find the full list of pick-up stops by clicking here.
For more on Hurricane Irma evacuations and shelters, click below.