Hurricane Matthew is now moving northwest off the coast of Florida. The City of Hollywood remains under a Tropical Storm Warning with tropical storm force winds still possible throughout the evening.
At 11 p.m., Hurricane Matthew sustained winds have slowed to 130 mph and a gradual weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours. The hurricane has now moved past the Hollywood area and remained off the coast. It continues to head northwest at 13 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue tonight with a turn toward the north-northwest on Friday.
CURRENT IMPACTS UPDATE:
The traffic signal at Sheridan Street and I-95 is back in service. If motorists encounter any traffic signal outages, they should treat the intersection as a 4 way stop and proceed only when it is safe to do so.
WATER MAIN BREAK UPDATE:
Utility crews continue to work to repair an 8 inch water main in the alley between Polk and Tyler Streets in the 900 block. Barricades have been deployed. There will be a boil water order for 20 homes in this area, the north side of Tyler Street in the 900 block and the south side of Polk Street in the 900 block. Crews will be delivering notices to impacted homeowners with detailed information related to the boil water notice.
CONTINUED MONITORING AND CITY SERVICES
The City of Hollywood continues to monitor the storm and assess any impacts:
-As of 8 p.m. the City's Emergency Operations Center went to a level 3 monitoring status.
-The City's sanitation contractor, WastePro, will resume normal garbage, recycling and commingled material collection tomorrow based on the normal collection schedule for the City. There will be delays with the collection of commingled materials (brush and hard junk) because the trucks must first dispose of material collected just before the storm, before they can begin normal collections. If your normal collection was missed in advance of the storm, your material will be picked up next week as regularly scheduled.
• Conditions will calm as the Hurricane continues up the coast. Use caution as you go outside to assess any damage to your home. Be sure the storm has completely passed and conditions are safe..
• If you are without power, use battery-powered flashlights or lamps to illuminate your home. DO NOT use a gas-powered lamps or generators inside your home.
Emergency responders will be taking action to survey damage on a grid-by-grid basis throughout the city, and coordinate resources for recovery as needed. Residents can help first responders quickly identify areas of devastation by participating in Broward County's Home Damage Assessment Program:
The City's Community Centers will remain closed Friday. The City has rescheduled several weekend events including 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 City's website, www.hollywoodfl.org or call the Broward County Emergency Management Hurricane Hotline at 954.831.4000 or 311.