The City of Hollywood is closely monitoring Hurricane Matthew and is encouraging residents to prepare for this storm system. Hurricane Matthew, is currently a strong Category 4 Hurricane.
The 5 p.m. advisory shifted Matthew's path towards the west and Florida putting areas north of Golden Beach in Miami-Dade and all of Broward County under a hurricane watch.
This means hurricane force winds in excess of 74 mph could pose a threat to the area within the next 48 hours. The winds may be accompanied by storm surge, coastal flooding and canal/river flooding.
Residents are urged to continue monitoring the storm and use this time to complete all hurricane preparations. Based on its current track, winds from Hurricane Matthew are expected to begin impacting South Florida by early Thursday morning.
-All residents and business owners should check their disaster kits, review their hurricane plans and remain informed.
-Make sure your emergency equipment, such as hurricane shutters and battery-powered radios, is in good working order.
-Ensure that you have enough emergency supplies, such as non-perishable food, water and medicine, for each person in your home to last for at least three days. This includes your pets.
-Find out if you live in an evacuation zone. If you do, plan in advance where you will stay, how you will get there, and what supplies you will take. Also give yourself ample time to get to a safe area. Hollywood evacuation zone maps are available on the City website, www.hollywoodfl.org/hurricane.
-Ensure that arrangements are made for any family members with special needs who may need to be evacuated.
-Take steps to properly secure your home and outdoor items such as patio furniture, potted plants, grills, etc.
-Secure your gray garbage and blue recyclables in a safe, sheltered location so that they do not pose a hazard during a storm. The City’s solid waste and recycling contractor, Waste Pro, will continue its regular collection schedule until further notice.
If your solid/commingled waste or recyclables collection date has passed this week, you should secure these items in a safe, sheltered location. The City will not be doing any special collections of bulky waste or yard waste. Additionally, the City is not providing or distributing sand bags.
City of Hollywood personnel are taking the following precautionary steps:
-Maintaining regular contact with the Broward County Emergency Operations Center and National Weather Service for storm updates.
-Ensuring that primary and auxiliary water pumps located throughout the City are working properly.
-Clearing storm drains. If you see a clogged storm drain, please clear it or contact the City at 954.967.4455 to report it.
-Preparing high profile and waterborne vehicles for emergency use.
-Readying barricades for deployment on flooded/impassable streets (if necessary).
-Preparing City facilities for Tropical Storm force winds.
The City has rescheduled Operation Paintbrush. The re-blended paint giveaway originally scheduled for this Saturday has been rescheduled to November 12. The monthly Beach Sweep Clean-up planned for this Saturday as well as the Italian Festival at ArtsPark have both been cancelled. Hollywood residents and business owners who have a question about government services before, during and after the storm can go to the Hurricane information section of the City's website or call the Broward County Emergency Management Hurricane Hotline at 954.831.4000 or 311.