Storm surge occurs when ocean water gets pushed onto shore by a tropical storm or hurricane. County officials make evacuation decisions based on a hurricane's track and projected storm surge, so it's important to know which zone you live in before a storm hits.
Below is information for South Florida. Visit the state's Division of Emergency Management page for info on all Florida counties that have evacuation zones.
Miami-Dade County is split into five planning zones, marked A through E, that could each be affected by a storm surge of at least 1.5 feet. Find out which zone you're in by plugging in your address here.
- Zone A is at greatest risk for storm surge for Category 1 and higher storms
- Zone B is at risk for storm surge for Category 2 and higher storms
- Zone C is at risk for storm surge for Category 3 and higher storms
- Zone D is at risk for storm surge for Category 4 and higher storms
- Zone E is at risk for storm surge from Category 5 storms
Broward County is split into two planning zones, A and B. Check out the county's evacuation map here.
- Zone A includes areas east of Intracoastal Waterway and is at greatest risk for storm surge for Category 1 and higher storms
- Zone B includes areas east of U.S. 1 (Federal Highway) and is at greatest risk for storm surge for for Category 3 and higher storms
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Palm Beach County
Palm Beach County is split into six planning zones: A, B, C, D, E and L. Find out which zone you're in by plugging in your address here.
- Zone A includes those who live in a manufactured or mobile home, have substandard construction or live in a flood-prone area
- Zones B, C, D and E are along Palm Beach County's east coast
- Zone L runs along Lake Okeechobee
Monroe County is split into five planning zones, marked numerically. For more information on evacuating from the Keys, visit the county's website.
- Zone 1 runs from mile marker 0 to mile marker 6
- Zone 2 runs from mile marker 6 to mile marker 40
- Zone 3 runs from mile marker 40 to mile marker 63
- Zone 4 runs from mile marker 63 to the three-way stop at CR 905-A
- Zone 5 runs from CR 905-A to mainland Monroe County, including Ocean Reef