WEST PALM BEACH - On Nov. 8, County Mayor Dave Kerner gave an update at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Tropical Storm Eta. Joining him were Emergency Management Director Bill Johnson, Fire-Rescue Chief Reginald Duren, Vice Mayor Robert Weinroth, Commissioner Mack Bernard, and PBC School
s District Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy.
Palm Beach County is currently under tropical storm, flood and high-surf warnings. Earlier Sunday, Governor DeSantis issued a local state of emergency for Palm Beach County and seven other Florida counties. A COVID-19 state of emergency remains in place, making this the second time in four months that Palm Beach County has dealt with simultaneous states of emergency.
The EOC is activated at a Level 2 for Tropical Storm Eta and has been activated at Level 2 due to COVID-19 for 237 consecutive days. A small core of staff will remain overnight to address any storm issues that may arise.
Expect deteriorating weather conditions with strong winds (39-73 mph) and heavy rains this evening through Monday afternoon. Localized flooding is likely, and tornadoes are possible.
“No one should be on the roadways as the weather deteriorates later this afternoon, overnight and in the morning,” said Mayor Kerner. “We already have a few reports of traffic lights out.”
General county government operations will cease at 4 p.m. Sunday and remain closed Monday, Nov. 9. These include Palm Tran and facilities such as libraries, parks and beaches. Draw bridges have been locked down. At this time, no evacuation orders or opening of emergency shelters are anticipated.
All Palm Beach County Public Schools are closed Monday, Nov, 9. There will be no classes virtually or on campus.
COVID-19 testing sites are closed Monday and Tuesday. Testing is expected to resume on Wednesday.
Solid Waste Authority – no trash pickup on Monday.
Residents are urged to remain home after the storm passes as emergency response crews will be out on the roads to survey any damage and effect repairs.
Tri-Rail service will remain suspended on Sunday, Nov. 8, and Monday, November 9, until further notice.
If you have travel plans through Palm Beach International Airport it is recommended that you check with your airline for any schedule changes.