Hurricane Matthew Palm Beach County Status Report 8 PM

Palm Beach County is feeling the effects of Hurricane Matthew as it progresses through our area. Palm Beach County remains under a hurricane warning. All residents and visitors should be aware of the potential impacts from this powerful storm.

Please visit www.pbcgov.com for the latest advisories. For emergency information, please contact the Emergency Information Center at 561-712-6400.

Evacuations
Mandatory evacuations were ordered for Zones A and B.  A detailed zone map is included online at www.pbcgov.com/knowurzone.

Emergency Shelters
As of 7 p.m., 7,100 people were staying in the county’s 13 general population shelters. The parking lot for the shelter at Forest Hill High School is full. But through an agreement with the city of West Palm Beach, the parking lot for the nearby municipal golf course may be used.

There are currently 184 clients at the special needs shelter at the South Florida Fairgrounds; (366 spaces are available.)

The pet-friendly shelter at West Boynton Recreation Center is full. 245 people (5 over capacity) are staying at the pet-friendly shelter.

Calls from the public – As of 7 p.m., the Emergency Information Center has received 4,434 handled phones calls from residents.

Power outages – As of 7 p.m., 6,000 FPL customers were without power in PBC; power had been restored to 9,710 customers. Total affected: 15,710

Water management – Officials are monitoring the rainfall forecast and water levels of canals, Lake Okeechobee and the Corbett Wildlife Management Area.

Bridges – Intracoastal spans are locked down and closed to boat traffic, but open to motorists. The Flagler Memorial Bridge in downtown West Palm Beach is shut down.

Public transportation
Palm Tran will resume service once roads are safe to travel. Please stay tuned to local media and notifications from the Emergency Operations Center for further updates.
No Tri-Rail service through Friday.

Airports
PBIA discontinued all flights at noon today.

Closures
County parks and county beaches closed until further notice.
Palm Beach County government offices closed through Friday.
Palm Beach County libraries closed through Friday.
Palm Beach County senior centers are closed through Friday.
PBC Public Schools are closed through Friday.
Solid Waste Authority – No garbage pickup in unincorporated areas through Friday.

For continuing information on Hurricane Matthew, and for more information on the Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management and hurricane preparedness, please visit www.pbcgov.com, follow us on Twitter @PBCGOV, @PBCDEM and watch PBC-TV Channel 20.

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