Hurricane Irma Takes Aim at Southern Florida: Miami-Dade County Ordered Evacuated

Miami-Dade County, on Wednesday, issued a mandatory evacuation order for all coastal cities ahead of Hurricane Irma.

On track to make landfall in Southern Florida by the weekend, Hurricane Irma is the strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. Now classified a Category 5, Irma is projected to be a catastrophic storm for those residents of Miami-Dade County’s many trailer parks who refused to evacuate ahead of the storm.

Those poor and elderly residents that can’t leave Southern Florida…should seek shelter by Saturday. Per Miami-Dade County’s emergency management twitter account; here is a list of evacuation centers.

 Miami-Dade County Storm Surge Planning Zone

For your safety, please check and see if your Manufactured home community is located in a Storm Surge Planning Zone via Miami-Dade County’s storm surge map

Hurricane Irma Storm surge map

Miami-Dade County has opened four shelters, one of which is pet-friendly.

  • South Miami Senior High: 6856 SW 53rd St, Miami, FL 33155
  • North Miami Beach Senior High: 1247 NE 167th St, Miami, FL 33162
  • Felix Varela Senior High: 15255 SW 96th St, Miami, FL 33196
  • Darwin Fuchs Pavilion: Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center (pet-friendly): 10901 Southwest 24th Street, Miami, FL, United States, 33165

Per the United States Census Bureau, Southern Florida is home to approximately 54,000 prefabricated housing units, with 13,000 in Miami-Dade County, 19,000 in Palm Beach, and 21,500 in Broward County.

Food for thought: according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, on Tuesday, Irma had sustained winds of 185 miles an hour. Conversely, the last major storm to hit Florida, Wilma, had sustained winds of 120 miles an hour.
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