Hurricane watch issued for Broward, tropical storm watch Upper, Middle Florida Keys and Miami-Dade
KEY LARGO, FLA. (WSVN) – A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Broward County to the Volusia/Brevard county line, and a tropical storm watch is now in effect from the Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys to south of Deerfield Beach.
The watch was issued during the 5 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, which has the storm centered about 65 miles east-southeast of Guantanamo, Cuba, and 30 miles south-southwest of the eastern tip of Cuba. It was moving north near 10 mph. The storm is packing sustained winds of 140 mph.
This means residents of the Upper and Middle Keys, as well as residents in both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, can expect tropical storm force wind conditions anywhere within these areas over the next 48 hours.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott was in Marathon, early Tuesday morning, warning residents to take this storm seriously. “Right now, we expect to see impacts all along Florida’s East Coast,” said Scott in a news conference. “From the Keys, all the way through Jacksonville.”
Florida Keys residents have already begun their preparations before the impending storm. “Everybody has their hurricane kits,” said Marathon resident Marty Zucker. “So, if something does happen, they seem pretty well prepared.”
One Key West resident, Mitchell Sammis, said he plans on not being caught off-guard by Hurricane Matthew. “You never know because it is going so slow,” said Sammis. “Everybody is definitely paying attention.”
Winds can be expected to be 39 miles per hour or above, spanning between the Seven Mile Bridge to Key Largo.
Governor Scott said evacuation orders could be expected as soon as Tuesday. “If you think you’re going to have to evacuate, go do it now before the roads get clogged,” he said. “We’ll do everything we can to keep the highways moving, Turnpike moving — everything we can.”
In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Carlos Gimenez recommended residents to check www.miamidade.gov/hurricane to see if they are in an evacuation zone.
So far, no evacuation orders have been issued.
This is the first advisory issued, Tuesday, for the Florida Keys.
If you live in this area, now is the time to prepare.
Click to here to view our guide on how to prepare for a storm.
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