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Hurricane Irma

As we continue our recovery and cleanup efforts, please visit the Emergency website for the latest information on openings and closings in Miami-Dade County.

Storm Surge

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Storm surge is the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane. It occurs when water from the ocean is pushed on shore by the force of tropical storms or hurricanes.

In Miami-Dade County, the threat of storm surge represents a serious hazard.  Miami-Dade Emergency Management has identified Storm Surge Planning Zones in areas where storm surge poses the greatest threat. Storm surge is the primary reason why Miami-Dade residents are asked to evacuate prior to a hurricane event. However, there are other factors involved in a hurricane evacuation order so always follow the protective actions issued by emergency officials.

Remember, no two storms are alike. The severity of storm surge depends upon the forward speed, intensity and size of any given hurricane.

Knowing your vulnerability and the actions you should take before a hurricane strikes can greatly reduce the loss of life.

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