Hurricane Ian (Update 3:00 p.m. 9-27-22)
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) continues to track the development of Hurricane Ian. The City of Hollywood remains outside of the forecast cone for Hurricane Ian, but Hollywood is under a Tropical Storm Watch until further notice. Additionally, as Hurricane Ian moves into the gulf and begins to head north, Hollywood is experiencing periods of heavy rain and gusty winds are expected to begin this evening.
Due to the rainfall associated with Hurricane Ian, a Flood Watch Advisory has been issued for all South Florida through Thursday morning. The National Weather Service expects heavy rainfall over our region through Thursday creating a high risk of flooding because of heavy ground saturation from recent storms with an additional 3 to 6 inches of rainfall possible and isolated amounts of up 10 inches.
Conditions are favorable for tornados to develop and a tornado watch has been issued for South Florida until 5:00 p.m. today. A few tornados and isolated gusts of up to 70 MPH are possible.
The Sun Shuttle transportation service has been discontinued in the City due to localized flooding and will resume when it is safe to do so. Residents are encouraged to check the Ride Circuit app for updated information.
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. Residents are encouraged to monitor trusted news providers like the National Weather Service Miami and the National Hurricane Center for the latest information on Hurricane Ian.
Pumps Deployed and Storm Drains Cleared
To prepare for the possible impacts, the City of Hollywood Public Utilities Department has been working to clear storm drains, check stationary pumps and deploy auxiliary pumps in areas prone to flooding. Residents who are able can assist by ensuring that storm drains near their homes remain cleared throughout the week.
Residents should refrain from cutting trees or doing additional landscaping projects until after this storm passes. Sanitation collections will continue on a regular collection schedule until further notice.
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.
Sign Up for Alert Hollywood Emergency Notifications
The City of Hollywood has an emergency notification system called Alert Hollywood. Used by many government agencies throughout Florida, Alert Hollywood notifies residents through phone calls, e-mails and/or text messages to mobile phones of an emergency in the community such as a hurricane watch or warning, flash flood warning, tornado warning, serious police situations and other critical incidents.
Sign up for Alert Hollywood today. After you submit your information, you will receive Alert Hollywood notifications whenever an alert is issued. Alerts may be received by phone and/or email address. Severe weather alerts issued by the National Weather Service are automatically issued through the Alert Hollywood system if you elect to receive those notifications.
The Alert Hollywood service is free to the public. Text message fees by your wireless carrier may apply depending on your mobile phone plan. Alert Hollywood is powered by the Everbridge critical event management software platform.
Important information will be posted on the City’s website, shared via the Alert Hollywood application, through NotifyMe “News and Announcements” emails and text messages and on the City’s social media sites. Please be sure you are subscribed to NotifyMe, bookmark the City's website or follow the City on Facebook and Twitter.
City's Emergency Management webpage