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Hurricane Advisory #5

Hurricane Advisory #5

As of Saturday at 8:30 AM, here is the latest information:

Hurricane Dorian is now a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 140 mph. It is located approximately 470 miles east of West Palm Beach and moving WNW at 12 mph. It’s forecasted track is predicted to turn north just before reaching the east coast of Florida. Even with this predicted track we may still experience hurricane strength winds, heavy amounts of rain, and storm surge. All preparations for a major hurricane should continue. See attached latest forecast track.

Evacuations

St. Lucie County Emergency Officials are asking residents living in a low-lying areas, in manufactured/mobile homes or on the barrier island to voluntarily evacuate. 

Barrier Island Reentry Program

Effective with the 2019 Hurricane Season that begins on June 1, residents and property owners of both North and South Hutchinson Island will no longer need a Barrier Island Re-Entry Placard following evacuation for a hurricane. Once a storm has passed and county officials determine it is safe to access the barrier islands, residents and/or homeowners will be required to stop at the check-point and present two documents to justify their access. These documents include a utility bill, insurance declaration or property tax statement along with a government-issued photo identification. Visit the Sheriff’s Office webpage for more information: https://www.stluciesheriff.com/197/Barrier-Island-Re-Entry-Program

Shelters and Transportation

Due to the uncertainty of the storm, the timeframe for opening shelters remains to be determined. However, residents with special needs and pets must pre-register. For details on shelters and transportation to shelters, visit St. Lucie County’s website: https://www.stlucieco.gov/departments-services/a-z/public-safety/hurricane-dorian 

If residents are in need of transportation to the St. Lucie County’s Special Needs Shelter at the Havert L. Fenn Center, please contact Community Transit at 772-464-RIDE (7433). If you are in need of transportation to the General Population Shelters contact the St Lucie County Public Information Line at 772-460-HELP (4357).

City Closures

  • City Hall and all city facilities will be closed to the public until further notice.

Meeting Cancellations

The following meetings have been cancelled:

  • September 3, 2019 City Commission Budget Hearing - CANCELLED    
  • September 3, 2019 City Commission Regular Meeting - CANCELLED    
  • September 3, 2019 FPRA Special Meeting - CANCELLED
  • September 6, 2019 Lincoln Park Business Expo - POSTPONED to September 27, 2019

Sandbags

The Public Works Department has supplied piles of sand for sandbags at various locations (see below).

Please note: It is first come, first served, until gone. Please bring your own shovel and bags.

Locations:

  • Maravilla Park - Oleander Blvd between Maple Ave and Wisteria Ave.
  • Jaycee Park - Melaleuca Dr. on South Hutchinson Island
  • Dreamland Park - 301 S. 25th St.
  • N.W. Pioneer Park -   Ave M and N. 29th St.

Schools

  • St. Lucie Public Schools are closed until further notice.

Public Information Helpline

  • St. Lucie County’s Emergency Operations Center has opened its Public Information Lines ahead of Hurricane Dorian. That number is 772-460-HELP (4357). The Public Information Lines will be open today, Saturday, August 31 from 8 AM to 8 PM. Please reserve 911 for emergency calls.

Solid Waste

  • Public Works will continue to pick up solid waste until Saturday, August 31 at 12:00 PM, weather permitting. Now is not the time to do major yard work and we are asking residents to please refrain from cutting down vegetation or doing major projects until the storm passes. Residents should not place any additional debris at the curb. 

City Marina

  • The Fort Pierce City Marina is no longer accepting any additional vessels until further notice.

Building Inspections

  • The Building Department has suspending regular inspections until further notice. We will complete inspections that have been scheduled for Friday, August 30. If the storm continues as predicted, the Building Department will not be accepting regular inspections until further notice. 

Parking Garage

  • We have received several questions regarding parking in the city’s parking garage; the garage is open to the public until filled at your own risk.

Communications

  • We are committed to keeping our residents safe and informed - all public notices will be provided on the city’s website at www.cityoffortpierce.com, social media channels and Fort Pierce TV Channel 27. Residents are also urged to sign up for St. Lucie County's Alert St. Lucie program to get emergency notifications sent directly to their phone, email or text: www.stlucieco.gov/Alert

Residents can subscribe to receive updates through the “Weather Alert” feed dedicated to sharing information regarding Hurricane Dorian on the city’s website: https://cityoffortpierce.com/AlertCenter.aspx?CID=Hurricane-Dorian-11. The City of Fort Pierce will send an AM and PM notices each day.

 

 

 

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