The National Hurricane Center (NHC) continues to monitor the development of an area of disturbed weather east of the Yucatan Peninsula. The NHC now gives the storm system a 70 percent (high) chance of developing into a tropical depression. The system is moving in a northeasterly direction into the warm waters of the northwestern Caribbean Sea and eventually the Gulf of Mexico. The NHC, which still has a high amount of uncertainty about this storm system, has placed all of south and central Florida in the area of interest due to possible storm impacts over the next several days. Though models do not forecast the storm to strengthen into a tropical storm before impacting Florida, some forecasters are concerned about the possibility of atmospheric conditions ahead of the storm that may lead to quicker intensification into a tropical storm before impacting Florida. If the system develops into a tropical storm, it will be named Alex.
Regardless of tropical development, the Hollywood area is expected to experience periods of heavy rain and wind gusts toward the latter part of this week and over the weekend. With ground saturation following recent heavy rains, there is a potential for localized street flooding, particularly in low-lying areas and portions of Hollywood east of US-1 between Pembroke Road and Sheridan Street. Beach erosion is also a possibility. Residents are encouraged to monitor trusted news providers like the National Weather Service Miami and the National Hurricane Center for the latest information.
Flood Safety Tips
- Call 911 if flood damage to your home has created an emergency situation such as a fire.
- Motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded areas.
- Use caution with electrical appliances, electrical cords and outlets if floodwaters have entered your home.
- Residents should not go outside or wade in standing flood water, which can contain contaminants. Following a heavy storm, sharp debris and other items from overturned garbage bins could be hidden in the water and cause injury. Standing water also may contain harmful bacteria that could cause infection.
- Health officials remind the public to not let children or pets play in flood water.
- Residents should prepare to notify their homeowner’s insurance providers if they have experienced flood damage and seek their advice on documenting the damage and drying out your home. The same applies for contacting your vehicle insurance provider if you find your vehicle has been damaged.