Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez declares state of emergency as we continue to monitor Tropical Depression Eta
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez has declared a state of emergency, as the County continues to monitor the forecast track of Tropical Depression Eta.
Based on its current track, we may experience an extended period of heavy rainfall and gusty winds through the weekend. Rainfall amounts from now through Monday are expected to range between 6 and 10 inches. Tropical Depression Eta is currently expected to impact South Florida beginning late Saturday afternoon into early next week.
"I will be meeting with my senior staff and emergency managers this evening to ensure that all necessary emergency operations are underway. For now, I urge residents to stay informed as to the storm's track and potential impact. We are looking at experiencing heavy rainfall through Monday and possible tropical storm force winds beginning Sunday."
Miami-Dade County will be opening an evacuation center at 2 p.m. Saturday at the fairgrounds located at 10901 Coral Way, Gate 2 for residents living in mobile homes and low-lying areas, or for those who need refuge. Please bring necessities, including blankets, pillows, medicine and required facial coverings.
All residents should secure objects that winds could blow around, such as garbage carts, patio furniture, garden tools and toys.
Please note, Miami-Dade County services will continue with normal operations.
Miami-Dade County COVID-19 testing sites have closed and will remain closed until the storm passes and conditions are safe to reopen. Some state-run sites will be open on Saturday. To find out if a testing site is open, go to miamidade.gov/covid-testing for a complete list of sites and updated operating hours.
Stay tuned to radio and television broadcasts for further details of the storm movement. And, for the latest announcements from Miami-Dade County, visit miamidade.gov and/or monitor our Miami-Dade County Government social media channels.