Mayor Jeri Muoio says that with a 90 percent chance of tropical storm-level winds Thursday and Friday — and 30-40 percent chance of hurricane force winds Thursday evening — don’t drive.
The city does not permit passenger vehicles out in winds higher than 35 miles per hour.
Hurricane Matthew doesn’t look like it will be a big rainfall event for us, but National Hurricane Center predictions are putting the city more and more in harm’s way for wind.
City Hall and all city services will be closed Thursday and Friday. Trash pickup was done on schedule today, but beyond today the city will let us know.
Forget about Clematis by Night events. Forget about the Saturday GreenMarket downtown. Yachts have been ordered out of the Palm Harbor Marina.
The Norton Museum of Art will be closed to the Public today through Friday, Oct. 7. Please check the Museum website at www.norton.org for re-opening date and time.
Outside of downtown, the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches construction site at Haverhill Road near 45th Street is following its hurricane prep plan. Cranes have been brought down and contractors are playing it by ear, as far as when they start up again.
For updates on West Palm Beach and the storm, go to wpb.org, the city website.
The county website will tell you where the nearest evacuation shelters can be found, and other valuable safety information: http://discover.pbcgov.org/publicsafety/dem/Pages/default.aspx.
Here’s the latest on shelters:
General population shelters will open in Palm Beach County at 4 p.m. today (Wednesday). The 8 planned shelters are:
Lakeshore Middle School
Palm Beach Central High School
Palm Beach Gardens High School
Park Vista High School
Atlantic High School
Boynton Beach High School
Forest Hill High School
Pahokee Middle School
Pet Friendly Shelter will open at 2 pm today at West Boynton Recreation Center, 6000 Northtree Blvd., Lake Worth will open at 2 P.M. on Wednesday. The pet friendly shelter is available to Palm Beach County residents residing in a mandatory evacuation zone or in mobile homes. Proof of residency is required. Space is limited and restrictions apply. Pet owners are required to stay at the shelter. Livestock and reptiles will not be accepted. Pets will be housed in a separate area from people. Pet owners will be given a schedule to attend to their animal’s needs.
Special Needs Shelter – opens at 2 PM today at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Unless already registered, people with special medical needs should register for our Special Needs Program by calling (561) 712-6400 or visiting our website www.readypbc.org. You must be preregistered for either of these shelters.