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Ready for hurricane season? Miami-Dade County shares vital safety tips for homeowners and commuters

Miami-Dade County is taking several measures to ensure residents get through hurricane season safely

June 1, 2023, marks the start of hurricane season, and in preparation, Miami-Dade County's Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) has provided safety advice for homeowners and commuters. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that there will be between 12 and 17 named storms this year, with anything from one to four developing into potentially catastrophic hurricanes.  

Miami-Dade County Mayor Levine Cava and the county's emergency management, fire, and police departments issued a safety reminder to citizens ahead of hurricane season. Learn more below.

Advice for commuters during hurricane season

The County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) revealed that three hours before the predicted arrival of persistent tropical storm force winds (39 MPH), all Miami-Dade Transit services and facilities, including Metrobus, Metromover, Metrorail, and Special Transportation Services (STS), would suspend operations.

Commuters using Miami-Dade Transit must remember that winds of less than 39 miles per hour might still pose risks. Passengers should not stand on the edge of the platform while they wait for a Metrorail or Metromover train to arrive. Commuters should also cooperate fully with transport authorities and security guards. Passengers may be forced to remain on the station's lower level if winds get too severe.

A road in Miami after a storm

Precautions for before and during the storm

As a precaution against power fluctuations and outages, WASD's treatment facilities will switch to generator power well in advance of the onset of tropical storm-force winds in the South Florida region. In addition, Miami-Dade County is preparing to prepare infrastructure for further rainfall to avoid flooding in hot spots, with a particular focus on identifying trouble areas where flooding may occur.

Mayor Levine Cava warns citizens to be prepared and take extra precautions during stormy weather because flooding is the most prevalent natural calamity in the United States. Preparing your residence or business for a storm means staying off the roads, closing manhole covers, and using less water in the morning and evening.

If you want further advice and other useful information on how to prepare for a hurricane, check out the Miami-Dade County Hurricane Guide. Stay safe out there!

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