Hurricane Irma: What you need to know and how to prepare
Hurricane Irma: What you need to know and how to prepare

Hurricane Irma: What you need to know and how to prepare

As Hurricane Irma nears Florida it is important to know how to prepare and know what’s open and closed.


You should start outside your house. Check for dead tree limbs and be sure to cut those down. If they are blown by the wind, they could end up projectiles heading straight to your home. The same goes for lawn furniture, portable grills and planters. You need to make sure all of those things are secured well before the storm begins.

Inside your home, bag as much ice as you can from your ice maker. That will come in handy for drinking water in the event you or your pets run out, if/when the power goes out. 
There have already been several reports of stores running out of water ahead of the storm, if you aren’t able to get some for your home, start filling Tupperware and other plastic containers with water and then freeze it. If necessary, you can thaw that water and use it as drinking water.

This one might seem trivial, but it could be an easy oversight. Make sure you have a manual can opener just in case the power goes out you will still have a way to open your canned goods.
Take pictures or video of all of your valuables in your home with all the important information as to what it is.

It’s also a good idea to put pictures, documents and anything of value in airtight plastic bins and putting those on counters or other high places in your home just in case it floods, your belongings won’t be ruined.

Here’s what’s open and closed:

Transportation

Airports: Key West International will close to commercial airline traffic at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday. Airports in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach say it’s too soon to know when they may close.
Buses: Operating on normal schedules in Broward and Palm Beach counties, but will cease operation when tropical storm-force winds arrive.
Tolls: Gov. Rick Scott suspended all statewide tolls including Florida’s Turnpike, Interstate 95 express lanes, state roads, and all expressways to free the flow of potential evacuees.
Tri-Rail: Officials have not yet decided when they will stop service, but railroad crossing gates are secured upright when sustained winds reach 35 mph.

Supplies

— Rick Case Honda Powerhouse in Davie: Has Honda generators for sale. Address: 15701 Rick Case Honda Way. For more information, 800-769-4910.

Government/Facilities

Broward County Charter Commission Governance Subcommittee: Meeting scheduled for Thursday is canceled.
Lake Worth Pier: Closing noon Thursday, and it’ll remain closed “until further notice due to dangerous wave heights expected from Hurricane Irma,” according to the city.
Deerfield Beach City Hall: Will suspend normal operations Friday and Monday.
Florida: All state offices will be closed Friday.
Miami-Dade County government offices: Will close Thursday.
Pompano Beach: A decision on whether to shut down City Hall operations is expected late Wednesday morning.

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