Miami-Dade County mayor encourages residents to stay at home

Carlos Gimenez says EOC continues to monitor Hurricane Matthew

DORAL, Fla. – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said Thursday there is an 80 percent chance of tropical storm-force winds from Hurricane Matthew, but the probability of hurricane-force winds has decreased.

Gimenez said the county's Emergency Operations Center is fully staffed and monitoring the storm, which is expected to strengthen.

The mayor said there are 2,500 Florida Power & Light employees staged throughout the county to restore electricity until conditions are unsafe to do so.

Gimenez said PortMiami is closed, but Miami International Airport remains open. Zoo Miami and county parks are also closed.

The mayor said Miami-Dade police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue will answer calls until winds reach 55 mph.

He said there is no scheduled trash or recycling pickup, but bulky waste pickup will continue as weather permits.

"We are likely to shut that down around noon," Gimenez said.

Gimenez said residents should be prepared for hurricane-force winds, just in case Matthew shifts more to the west.

"It's a good day to stay at home, enjoy your family and ride out the storm," Gimenez said.

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