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    Chief Meteorologist John Morales breaks down the 8pm advisory for Hurricane Irma.

    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017)

    Living in South Florida poses the threat of tropical storms and hurricanes, so it's important to know if your home is located in an evacuation zone.

    Miami-Dade and Broward counties have flood zone maps identifying the areas that are at risk of a storm surge in the event of severe weather.

    Storm Surge Planning Zones
    A
    B
    C
    D
    E

    In Miami-Dade, there are five surge zones labeled A to E. The county describes Zone A as the greatest risk for a storm surge for category 1 and higher storms.

    Zone E is at greatest risk for a storm surge from category 5 storms.

    Almost the entire county south of Tamiami Trail falls in one of its five surge zones.

    The areas include Coral Gables, Country Walk and even the Redland west of Krome Avenue.

    Click here to enter your address to determine if your home falls a evacuation zone.

    Photo credit: MiamiDade.gov

    Miami-Dade County updated its storm surge map for the first time in 10 years in 2013.

    Broward County's evacuation zones include two areas: Plan A from the coastline to A1A and Plan B from A1A to North Federal Highway.

    Photo credit: broward.org

    The risk in Broward is not from the ocean moving inland, but from water pushing up rivers and canals eventually swamping streets across the county.

    While emergency officials stress no single hurricane would force every zone to evacuate, it's important to know where you live and know what to do in case your zone is called.

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