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County Awaiting Isaias Landfall

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Hurricane Isaias continued to move north toward Florida’s east coast overnight. Coastal areas in Broward County remain under a Hurricane Watch Saturday morning, with the rest of the County under a Tropical Storm Warning. While the storm moved slightly further to the east overnight, any movement to the west today could intensify the effects for Broward County, with rain and sustained tropical storm force winds expected late this afternoon and into the night.

Residents of Broward County should be rushing their preparations to completion:

  • Bring in patio furniture and loose objects from around your home.
  • Do not trim trees and vegetation at this time. Secure large items and loose tree trimmings until regular garbage and bulk waste pick-up service resumes. Secure recycling and garbage bins to prevent them from being scattered during high winds.
  • Have cash on hand in case of power outages.  

Broward County has taken the following actions:

  • The County is under a Local State of Emergency and the Emergency Operations Center is activated at a Level 2.

  • Broward County Parks are closed today and are scheduled to reopen at noon on Sunday, weather and damage assessment permitting.

  • Residential Drop-Off Centers for the disposal of household hazardous waste, and electronics recycling, are closed until further notice.

  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and North Perry Airport are operating normally, but passengers are urged to check with their airline to confirm flights as the storm approaches.

  • All waterfront activity at Port Everglades is suspended unless approved by the Coast Guard. Landside operations remain open for outbound cargo and petroleum deliveries.

  • Broward County Transit will operate on its normal Saturday and Sunday schedule, but stay tuned to news reports for updates throughout the day. Normal operations will be suspended if sustained winds reach 39 miles per hour.

  • The County remains under a curfew through 5AM Monday, August 3. The 11PM-5AM curfew is imposed as part of Broward County’s response to COVID-19.

As weather conditions begin to deteriorate, residents are advised to bring pets inside and stay indoors until the storm has passed. Do not go outside to assess damage to your home until the storm has completely passed, conditions are safe and the “all clear” has been given.


As soon the storm has passed, Rapid Impact Response Teams will survey damage on a grid-by-grid basis throughout the County, and coordinate resources for recovery. In the immediate aftermath of the storm, residents should:


  • Proceed with caution as bands of strong winds may continue for several hours.
  • Stay off the roadways to allow emergency responders and damage assessors access.
  • Do not walk or allow children to play in standing water.
  • Treat all power lines as live. Immediately report sparking, arcing or downed power lines to 911.
  • Help first responders quickly identify areas of damage, even before damage assessment teams are able to canvass the County, by participating in the Home Damage Assessment Program.
  • It is not necessary to report power outages. Florida Power & Light knows where the outages are and will move quickly to begin restoration.  

Residents and businesses are encouraged to monitor official news sources for up-to-the-minute information and public safety advisories. There are a number of ways to “stay connected” and receive important information before, during and after an emergency event, including news about hurricane watches and warnings, evacuation orders, recommended protective actions and other related public safety information. Follow us on, or visit

DATE: August 1, 2020
Lori Shepard, Media Liaison

Office of Public Communications