(PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLA) — Florida is bracing for what’s expected to become Hurricane Nicole which is currently about 200 miles east of West Palm Beach and still a tropical storm.
The storm has sustained winds of 70 mph and is moving west at 13 mph toward South Florida.
Parts of Palm Beach County are under a Mandatory Evacuation Order. The order was issued yesterday for Zones A and B, effective at 7:00 this morning. You can visit PBCGov.com/Hurricane to see if you’re in one of those zones.
No school today in Palm Beach County and on the Treasure Coast as Emergency Operations Centers and shelters open.
Palm Beach International Airport will halt all commercial operations at 9:00 this morning.
Nov. 9/5:07 am: Commercial airline operations will cease at approximately 9:00 am on 11/9/22. Check with your airline for details BEFORE coming to PBI. PBI terminal will be closed after the last departure. PBI is not a storm shelter. PBC Shelter Info: https://t.co/wE5uO1LreE pic.twitter.com/Pj1FsK4WE4
— Palm Beach International Airport (@flyPBI) November 9, 2022
The Palm Beach County Emergency Information Center can be reached at 561-712-6400.
~Shelters will open at 7 a.m. Wednesday. General population shelters are at Palm Beach Gardens High School, Independence Middle School, Palm Beach Central High School, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary, Park Vista High School, Lake Shore Middle School and Pahokee Middle School. A pet-friendly shelter is at West Boynton Recreation Center. A shelter for people with special needs requires pre-registration and you must call 561-712-6400.
~Schools and colleges are closed due to the storm.
~The Florida Department of Transportation, along with the U.S. Coast Guard, is locking down state drawbridges in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie counties.
~Palm Trans will suspend service at 12 p.m. Wednesday. This includes regular service, Palm Tran Connection and Go Glades service.
~Juno Beach and Lake Worth Beach piers are closed until further notice.
~Palm Beach County offices are closed Wednesday and Thursday.
~The courts of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit in Palm Beach County will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. The courts are closed on Friday, Nov. 11 in recognition of Veterans’ Day. First Appearance hearings on Wednesday will be held at the normal time, 10 a.m. First Appearances on Thursday will be held at 1:30 p.m.
~All Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County facilities and operations will be closed Wednesday. There will also be no garbage, recyclables, yard waste or bulk waste collection in unincorporated Palm Beach County and no onsite drop-offs will be accepted until after the storm passes and it is safe to reopen facilities.