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    Stay current with official notices from South Florida pertaining to the remnants of Erika:

    City of Miami Resumes Operations Monday

    The City of Miami will resume normal operations with regular business hours on Monday, August 31, 2015 due to the discontinued threat of Tropical Storm Erika.

    The Department of Solid Waste Mini Dump Facility will open special hours this weekend for residents wishing to dispose of bulky trash.

    South Florida Gas Stations Prepare for Tropical Storm Erika

    [MI] South Florida Gas Stations Prepare for Tropical Storm Erika
    South Florida gas stations says they're prepared with generators for Tropical Storm Erika.
    (Published Friday, Aug. 28, 2015)

    Miami Beach Advisory

    There is no longer a threat of Tropical Storm Erika as the storm has dissipated. South Florida will still experience increased heavy rain on Sunday from remnants of the storm.

    It is hurricane season and you should be aware and prepared at all times.

    Possible Flooding
    Heavy rainfall is still expected and flooding may occur in low-lying areas especially during the extreme high tide periods on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Although Miami Beach and Florida Department of Transportation installed storm water pump stations to assist with the flooding, the program is not complete. Operational crews will monitor flood prone areas and are ready to address flooded areas accordingly.

    Municipal Facilities & Services Resume Normal Operations
    All city services and facilities including parking and parks and recreational facilities (golf, tennis, recreational centers, fishing pier, etc.) have returned to normal operations.

    Hotline 305.604.CITY(2489)
    Twitter @MiamiBeachNews | Facebook @CityofMiamiBeachGovernment

    Miami Beach Officials Begin Preps for Erika

    [MI] Miami Beach Officials Begin Preps for Erika
    Officials in Miami Beach begin preparing for effects from Tropical Storm Erika.
    (Published Friday, Aug. 28, 2015)

    Monroe County Office of Emergency Management

    Focus areas for the remnants of Erika include the county’s special needs clients; potential school closings; campgrounds and parks; as well as instructions for Keys visitors.

    Monroe County does not evacuate in the event of a tropical storm or depression.

    In conjunction with the Key West National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center, Keys officials are continuing to monitor the situation and residents and visitors should do the same.

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    Broward County Public Schools on Erika

    South Florida Brewery Using Crafty Marketing During Storm Preps

    [MI] South Florida Brewery Using Crafty Marketing During Storm Preps
    A local brewery is using Tropical Storm Erika to draw in those out and about doing storm preps.
    (Published Friday, Aug. 28, 2015)

    All Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) and District Offices will be OPEN on Monday, August 31, 2015. Parents, students and staff are advised to exercise caution as weather conditions resulting from the storm will vary across the county.

    Updates and information will be provided via the District’s website (, social media channels (Twitter: @browardschools, Facebook:, the BCPS free mobile app, BCPS Information Hotline, (754-321-0321), ParentLink (robo calls), BECON-TV and local media.

    Miami-Dade Schools on Erika


    Recent forecasts from the National Hurricane Center indicate a dissipation of Tropical Storm Erika as well as a more western movement of the storm, suggesting a more favorable outlook for classes on Monday, August 31, 2015. Miami-Dade County Public Schools safety administrators anticipate schools will be open on Monday but continue to monitor the situation throughout the weekend and will provide updates as needed, due to a continuing possibility of heavy rains and localized flooding.


    For updated information, visit the school district’s website,, or follow us on Twitter (@mdcps) and Facebook (


    Coast Guard Re-Opens South Florida Ports

    Effective 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Capt. Austin Gould, Coast Guard Captain of the Port, reopened Port Miami, Miami River, Port Everglades, Port of Palm Beach, Port of Ft. Pierce, and all other South Florida terminals and facilities due to Tropical Storm Erika dissipating.

    All port facilities in South Florida may resume normal operations, including waterfront facility and vessel transits, subject to prudent seamanship and safe working practices.

    All mariners are reminded that remnants of the storm can cause dangerous conditions at sea. All boaters should monitor weather forecasts before taking to the sea.

    South Florida Water Management Prepares for Potential Erika Impacts

    In advance of potential heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Erika, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has prepared the regional flood control system to reduce flooding where possible.

    “This agency was created in 1949 to operate what has become a $13 billion regional flood control system serving more than 8 million people,” said Jeff Kivett, SFWMD Director of Operations, Engineering and Construction. “We are making final preparations to move stormwater in advance of the storm while also balancing the need to store water for future supply.”

    Canals and water control structures in key areas of South Florida’s system were placed in the low range Friday afternoon, and adjustments will be made as necessary. Water managers are also operating the system to enhance the ability of local and community drainage facilities to route excess runoff into the District’s regional canal system.

    Water levels and flows are monitored around the clock by field staff and the District’s advanced Operations Control Room in West Palm Beach.

    Pre-storm preparations by the District include:

    • Lowering canal levels in key areas to make room for moving water
    • Inspecting the flood control system
    • Ensuring adequate fuel supplies for pump stations and other equipment
    • Readying staff and equipment for storm assignments
    • Strapping down equipment and closing storm shutters at facilities
    • Conference calls with local drainage districts that connect to SFWMD canals

    The SFWMD is also coordinating information with the state Emergency Operations Center as well as federal and local partners, including the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    City of Miami Garbage and Recycling

    The City of Miami Department of Solid Waste will suspend services due to the upcoming storm and will resume regularly schedules service on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

    Residents may dispose of household waste and debris at the Department of Solid Waste Mini Dump Facility that is open special hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, and from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, located at: 1290 NW 20th Street, Miami, Florida.

    For more information, please contact Customer Service at 311 or (305) 468-5900.

    Sign up For CodeRED

    CodeRED is an emergency notification system in which alerts can be received on your home phone, by text message or e-mail. These alerts will provide emergency updates to residents and advise them of any protective actions they should take in the event the City is placed under a tropical storm watch or warning. Visit to sign up for CodeRED.

    Miami-Dade College Classes to Proceed as Scheduled

    Due to the weakening of Tropical Storm Erika, classes and operations will proceed on Monday as normally scheduled.

    For the latest status of operations, students and employees are urged to check MDC's homepage at, the MDC Hotline at 305-237-7500, the news media and the college's social media pages.

    Florida Keys Community College Closes for Erika

    Due to Tropical Storm Erika, Florida Keys Community College will be closed as follows:

    • The Key West Campus will be closed Saturday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Aug. 31.
    • The Middle Keys Center in Marathon will be closed Sunday, Aug. 30 and Monday, Aug. 31.
    • The Upper Keys Center in Tavernier will be closed Sunday, Aug. 30 and Monday, Aug. 31.

    During the time periods stated at the respective locations, all classes are cancelled, services suspended, and buildings will be locked at all College locations.

    The College plans to resume operations as normal on Tuesday, September 1. Students and employees are encouraged to monitor their FKCC email, their voicemail, as well as the College’s website: for any further notifications.

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