Hurricane Dorian

Emergency Operations Center Demobilization
9/3/19 – 5:30 p.m.

The Village is currently in the process of demobilizing and the EOC (Emergency Operations Center) is in a monitoring status. Hurricane Dorian is moving NW at 6 mph, however, there is still a potential for some tropical wind gusts over the next several hours.

The Village's State of Emergency Declaration will end at 7:30 p.m. this evening and the Village offices will return to normal operating hours tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.

Garbage pickup will resume with its normal schedule on Thursday, 9/5.

We appreciate our residents being vigilant and taking Dorian's unpredictability seriously. Thank you Tequesta!


Hurricane Dorian Update
9/3/19 – 4:00 p.m.

Effective 4:00 pm today, the Evacuation Order for Hurricane Dorian is hereby lifted.  

Palm Beach County will keep shelters open and operational throughout the night tonight, Tuesday, September 3, 2019.  They anticipate closing all shelters starting at 9:00 am tomorrow, Wednesday, September 4, 2019. 

 


Municipal Operations to Resume Normal Operations and Hours on 9/4/19 at 8:30 a.m.


The Village of Tequesta will resume normal operations tomorrow, Wednesday, September 4, 2019.  The Municipal Complex will be open for regular business beginning at 8:30 a.m.


Waste Management to Resume Normal Garbage Pickup Services on Thursday, September 5, 2019. 

Hurricane Dorian Update
9/3/19 – 8:30 a.m.
 
As of 8:00 a.m. today, Hurricane Dorian is still located 105 miles from West Palm Beach, however, it has started to slowly move. Its current motion is northwest at 1 mph and should begin a slightly faster north-northwest movement today. 
 
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to 120 mph – Cat 3.  A slow north northwestward motion is expected to continue this morning. 
 
·      Hurricane Watch - Coastal Palm Beach County
·      Tropical Storm Warning- Inland Palm Beach County
·      Storm Surge Warning - Northern Palm Beach
 
Tropical storm force winds can extend up to 160 miles from the center.  Dorian is forecast to bring 2-6” of rain along Florida’s East Coast and given the recent stretch of wet weather, this additional rainfall can create river flooding.
 
Tequesta’s Emergency Management Team continues to work with weather experts to monitor Hurricane Dorian and her movement and we will continue to provide updates as we have additional information. 

Hurricane Dorian Update

9/2/19 – 7:18 p.m.

As of 5:00 p.m. today, Hurricane Dorian is located 105 miles from West Palm Beach, and is currently stationary. Hurricane hunters have found the max sustained winds are near 145 mph - a Cat 4. Dorian will continue wobbling toward the Grand Bahama Island into this evening with a very slow west to west-northwest movement resuming later tonight. An anticipated turn to the northwest is expected late Tuesday.  Once the turn occurs, an increase in forward motion is expected as it parallels the Florida East Coast.

A storm surge warning continues to be in effect for northern Palm Beach County.  A tropical storm warning is in effect for Palm Beach County and a hurricane watch is in effect for coastal Palm Beach County

Tropical storm force gusts winds are being felt in Southeast Florida in some squalls and sustained tropical storm force winds may be felt this evening into tomorrow.

Hurricane Dorian Update

9/2/19 – 1:30 pm

Our thoughts go our to our neighbors to the east in the Bahamas as we watch the devastation Hurricane Dorian is taking on their Islands.

Hurricane Dorian slowed overnight and is nearly stationary, drifting west at 1 mph; max winds have decreased slightly.  While a northward turn should still occur, there is a possibility the storm could wobble.  Therefore, Tequesta’s Emergency Management team has not changed its game plan and is continuing to take protective actions.  A landfall cannot be ruled out at this time. 

We are now beginning to see some Tropical Storm force wind gusts and they will continue to increase throughout the day and into tomorrow. Dorian’s slow movement as it nears and parallels Florida will influence the duration of impacts.  Storm surge may cause flooding issues along with post-landfall river flooding.

As a reminder, if you live between the ocean and Country Club Drive you are in an area that includes evacuation zone B.  Palm Beach County Emergency Management has issued an evacuation for this area.  Please heed their warning to ensure your families safety and wellbeing.  Several bodies of water surround Tequesta, making the possibility of storm surge an issue. Once there are sustained winds of 35mph, our police and fire will not be able to reach you to assist if needed. 

If you still plan to evacuate, the Turnpike tolls have been lifted. 


Hurricane Dorian Update

9/1/19 – 8:00 p.m.

A hurricane warning has been issued for parts of Palm Beach County, which means hurricane conditions are expected in the area.  Warnings are issued up to 36 hours in advance of the onset of tropical storm force winds.  Hurricane Dorian’s track remains unpredictable. It is extremely important to finalize your hurricane preparations to ensure your families safety and wellness. 

EVACUATIONS

If you are in the Evacuation Zones A or B, you need to evacuate to a safe location or an approved hurricane shelter.  This evacuation zone covers from the ocean to Country Club Drive. 

SHELTERS

Shelter locations that are open include: Park Vista School, Lakeshore Middle School, Palm Beach Gardens High, Palm Beach Central, Independence Middle School, Bethune Elementary and Pahokee Middle.

The special needs shelter is located at 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach. If you are registered, you should have received notification. People with special medical needs should register for our Special Needs Program by calling (561) 712-6400 or visiting our website www.readypbc.org

The pet-friendly shelter is located at 6000 Northtree Boulevard, Lake Worth. This 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. Each pet must be accompanied by only one owner who will stay at the shelter. Other family members will need to stay at nearby Park Vista High School, 7900 Jog Road, Lake Worth.

PUBLIC INFORMATION LINES

The Palm Beach County Emergency Management public phone number is 561-712-6400. 

The Village has established the following lines for informational purposes:

  • 561-768-0133 Public Information line
  • 561-768-0500 Emergency Services

As always, call 9-1-1 for a life-threatening emergency.

GARBAGE COLLECTION

Waste Management has cancelled garbage collection for Monday and Tuesday.  If you have trash by the curb, please bring it back into your garage. 

BRIDGES

The area bridges will be closed in the down position beginning at 6:00 p.m. today. Vehicles will still be able to cross over the bridges, however, tall boats will not be able to pass through.

FPL and POWER OUTAGES

FPL has a specific power restoration plan following a severe storm or hurricane. First, they restore power to critical functions, like hospitals and 911 centers, and then to the most people in the shortest amount of time.

To report or check on the status of a power outage, access FPL’s Power Outages page https://www.fpl.com/my-account/web-outage.html?cid=DAkeyword4637#wors/mainTab/phoneTab  or call at 1-800-4-OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243). 


Hurricane Dorian Update

9/1/19 – 2:00 p.m.

A hurricane watch has been issued for parts of Palm Beach County.

Due to the unpredictability of Hurricane Dorian, the Emergency Management team is using an abundance of caution and has fully activated its EOC (Emergency Operations Center). The Village will declare a State of Emergency today.

It is important to finalize your storm preparations now and if you are in the Evacuation Zones A or B, you need to evacuate to a safe location or an approved hurricane shelter.

Shelter locations that are open include: Park Vista School, Lakeshore Middle School, Palm Beach Gardens High, Palm Beach Central, Independence Middle School, Bethune Elementary and Pahokee Middle.

The special needs shelter is located at 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach. If you are registered, you should have received notification. People with special medical needs should register for our Special Needs Program by calling (561) 712-6400 or visiting our website www.readypbc.org

The pet-friendly shelter is located at 6000 Northtree Boulevard, Lake Worth. This 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. Each pet must be accompanied by only one owner who will stay at the shelter. Other family members will need to stay at nearby Park Vista High School, 7900 Jog Road, Lake Worth.


Hurricane Dorian Update
9/1/19 – 11:00 a.m.

This is an Important Message from the Village of Tequesta Regarding Evacuations and Shelters

The Village is now under a Tropical Storm Warning. Hurricane Dorian is an intense Category 5 storm approaching the Northern Bahamas. According to the National Weather Center, the overnight trend has brought Dorian closer to Tequesta than previously noted. While the majority of the forecast models still show a turn to the north before reaching Florida, there is still a chance the core of Dorian may come close enough to the coast to still bring significant impacts to Tequesta. Life-threatening storm surge and dangerous hurricane force winds are still possible.

EVACUATIONS


Beginning at 1:00 pm today, Palm Beach County Emergency Management has called for evacuations for zones A and B. We strongly urge our residents who fall within these zones to please consider your family’s safety and heed the warning. See the attached Evacuation Zone Map. Here is a digital link http://discover.pbcgov.org/publicsafety/dem/Pages/Hurricane.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3nl5djLva8nSrDAxZAVXGXOvwAaTlGGZstewmfxCcNPAuJDL7gjPNXvOQ  to Palm Beach County’s Public Safety Emergency Management page. If you scroll down to the “Hurricane Evacuation Zone Look-up Tool” you can search your address for your personal evacuation zone.

SHELTERS


Effective today at 1:00 pm, the following shelters will be open: special needs shelter at the fairgrounds, pet friendly shelter at West Boynton Community Center, Park Vista School, Lakeshore Middle School, Palm Beach Gardens High, Palm Beach Central, Independence Middle School, Bethune Elementary and Pahokee Middle.

The Palm Beach County Emergency Management public phone number for general information on evacuations, sandbags and shelters is 561-712-6400. Now is the time to finish your hurricane preparations!

Tuesday's Council Workshop has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

The Village’s emergency management team continues to monitor the track and will update you on the effects of deteriorating weather conditions as we have additional information.



Hurricane Dorian Update
9/1/19 – 9:45 a.m.

This is an important message from the Village of Tequesta

The Village is now under a Tropical Storm Warning.  Hurricane Dorian is an intense Category 5 storm approaching the Northern Bahamas.  According to the National Weather Center, the overnight trend has brought Dorian closer to Tequesta than previously noted.  While the majority of the forecast models still show a turn to the north before reaching Florida, there is still a chance the core of Dorian may come close enough to the coast to still bring significant impacts to Tequesta.  Life-threatening storm surge and dangerous hurricane force winds are still possible. 

At this time, Palm Beach County Emergency Management has not called for evacuations or opened shelters, but we do expect a decision soon.  Should Palm Beach County Emergency Management initiate evacuations, we strongly urge our residents to please consider your family’s safety and heed the warning.

The Palm Beach County Emergency Management public phone number for general information on evacuations, sandbags and shelters is 561-712-6400.  Now is the time to finish your hurricane preparations!

The Village’s emergency management team continues to monitor the track and will update you on the effects of deteriorating weather conditions as we have additional information. 


Hurricane Update

8/31/19 – 2:00 p.m.

The Village’s Emergency Management team continues to monitor this extremely slow moving yet intense hurricane. While the forecasters have moved the storm a little to the east, Tequesta remains in the cone and they anticipate Dorian to continue to intensify. Evacuations have not been ordered at this time, however, depending on where the hurricane tracks, we cannot rule out storm surge and a possible future evacuation. Should Palm Beach County Emergency Management initiate evacuations, we strongly urge our residents to please consider your family’s safety and heed the warning.

The Palm Beach County Emergency Management public phone number for general information on evacuations, sandbags and shelters is 561-712-6400.

As we receive further information, we will continue to provide you with updates.


Hurricane Dorian Update
8/30/19 12:15 pm

While Hurricane Dorian is slowly moving through the Atlantic, no watches or warnings have been issued at this time. However, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with Palm Beach County’s Evacuation Map. In the event evacuations are ordered by Palm Beach County Emergency Management, please consider your own safety and heed the warning.

Here is a digital link http://discover.pbcgov.org/publicsafety/dem/Pages/Hurricane.aspx  to Palm Beach County’s Public Safety Emergency Management page. If you scroll down to the “Hurricane Evacuation Zone Look-up Tool” you can search your address for your personal evacuation zone. Please continue to prepare for this potentially dangerous storm.

Palm Beach County Evacuation Zone Map
Palm Beach County Evacuation Map


Tropical Storm Dorian Update

August 28, 2019 - 3:00 pm

While it remains too early to tell what the impacts of Tropical Storm Dorian may have on the Village, our Emergency Manager and staff are closely monitoring the track. 

At this time, Dorian has tracked further northeast than initially projected and will potentially miss Hispaniola entirely and even the smaller mountains of Puerto Rico.  The well-defined system is expected to emerge into the southwest Atlantic tomorrow, where conditions will be favorable for continued strengthening to possibly a major hurricane.  According to forecasters, Florida may experience the earliest winds on Saturday around 8 a.m.  The long-range forecast direction, however, is still questionable.  We continue to caution residents to focus on the cone and not the line.  We recommend residents fuel their vehicles and purchase at least three days’ worth of water and food supplies.    

Please refrain from cutting down trees or doing major yard or construction work projects until after the storm has passed.  Excess waste placed on the curbside may place a strain on disposal and collection efforts. 

Visit the Village’s website for storm information including supply lists and important phone numbers. Also, if you have not yet signed up to receive emergency notifications; please consider doing so by visiting Register for Emergency Alerts.  

08-28-19_11 am Tropical Storm Dorian tracking map