New Updates about Hurricane Season in the Town of Palm Beach

Tim Malloy  |  Our Town  |  Public Safety  |  August 26, 2019

Whether you live in the Town of Palm Beach part-time or full-time, the date June 1st has an ominous ring to it. Well its coming around again…

The weather patterns are shifting and pretty soon we will be checking satellite images of the West African coast to see what could be the start of those hurricane tracks toward us. Don’t worry, the Civic Association will be watching for you and posting the latest news and forecasts on our website.

The Colorado State University 2019 forecast for this season is predicting a slightly below-average Atlantic Hurricane Season. Researchers say there will be 13 named storms, 5 hurricanes, and 2 major storms in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

79 tropical or subtropical hurricanes have either hit or brushed Florida since the year 2000 Damage total 123 billion dollars, and 237 people have been killed.

Fortunately, it has been a while since we’ve seen anything like that. But those of us who lived on the island when hurricanes Frances, Jeanne, and Wilma hit back to back to back from 2004 to 2005, recall two weeks without power and a close call on a lot of prized real estate.

There is however some good news about when a storm approaches. That cone of uncertainty that we’re all familiar with that shows the possible storm track is getting more accurate in width. Plus the five-day hurricane track forecasts are more accurate today than two-day forecasts were 25 years ago.

This year the Town of Palm Beach has an updated plan we should all pay attention to.

The first stop you should make right now is police headquarters. Step up to the desk where a forensics expert at the crime scene unit fills you in on your re-entry pass for you and your employees.

It’s pretty easy but important. You need two forms of ID, a passport works, drivers license – fill out a few forms and you end up with a permit that lets you on the island when you’re supposed to be on the island.

There are rules when you can return after a storm – it will be staggered in five levels of re-entry criteria. See the video for an explanation of the levels.

When an evacuation order is issued by the Police Department, there is always somebody that says I’m not going to go, I don’t care how bad it is.

”Unfortunately if that’s the case we ask people to fill out a next of kin form,” said Michael Ogrodnick, Public Information Officer for Palm Beach Police. “Some people won’t do that. We want people to be safe. We also want people to know that while all this is going on we are worrying about our families and if we’re asking you to go it’s not that we don’t want you here, we want you to be safe.”

The ID’s and passes are available Monday thru Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM at the crime scene window at the Town of Palm Beach Police station.


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