Hurricane Isaias

The City of Tamarac is closely monitoring and preparing for Hurricane Isaias. We will provide updates as information becomes available.

For information on hurricane preparation and planning, please visit www.Tamarac.org/EmergencyManagement.

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Update: August 2, 12 pm

The Tropical Storm warning for Broward County has been lifted. Forecasters say we can expect some wind and rain bands on Sunday as Isaias continues to move north along Florida's east coast.

City crews were out early this morning and found no significant storm damage in Tamarac. 

Isaias may have spared our community, but we’re early in the hurricane season and can’t let our guard down. Make sure you have emergency supplies and a hurricane plan in place before the next storm  threatens. Information on hurricane planning and preparedness is available at www.Tamarac.org/EmergencyManagement and www.Broward.org/Hurricane

During hurricane season, stay informed to stay safe. Monitor official news sources for public safety advisories and sign up for the City’s FREE CodeRED emergency communications by clicking the Emergency Services button on the www.Tamarac.org home page, or texting TamaracCodeRED to 99411. 

City updates are available on www.Tamarac.org and our citizen hotline, (954) 718-1800. They are shared with City email subscribers and on social media. Follow the City of Tamarac on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Nextdoor.  

Update: August 1, 7:40 pm

While Isaias weakened to a tropical storm late Saturday afternoon the storm is expected to re-strengthen into a hurricane again overnight. Broward County remains under a tropical storm warning. Heavy rains and tropical-storm-force winds are possible in Tamarac through the night and into Sunday.

 We ask that you remain vigilant to stay safe until the storm has passed. 

Update: August 1, 12 pm

Tamarac should expect to feel the effects of Hurricane Isaias starting later this afternoon. The City Manager has declared a State of Emergency in anticipation of the oncoming storm.

Please finish your final storm preparations as soon as possible. That includes bringing in loose outdoor items such as patio furniture and potted plants. Secure large items and garbage bins to prevent them from being scattered during high winds. Now is not the time to trim trees, that will have to wait until the storm passes.

It is a good idea to have cash on hand and a full tank of gas in case of power outages after the storm.

 Visit https://www.weather.gov/srh/tropical?office=mfl for the latest storm information from the National Weather Service or monitor the local news.

 We’re counting on you to stay home and stay safe. 


Update: July 31, 4:45 pm

With Broward County now under a tropical storm warning, the City of Tamarac is closely monitoring the track and forecast of Isaias, which is now a Category 1 hurricane. In response to the storm’s approach, Florida’s Governor issued a State of Emergency for all of Florida’s east coast counties. 

If Hurricane Isaias continues on its current track, we can receive heavy rain and tropical-storm-force winds this weekend but are less likely to experience hurricane-force winds. 

However, the hurricane’s track is uncertain and small changes to the forecast can mean big differences in impacts, so we must remain vigilant. For the latest information, we encourage you to monitor local news and www.nhc.noaa.gov.

In preparation for the storm, the City is monitoring canal levels and has cleaned catch basins, tested all stormwater pump station emergency generators and checked all stormwater discharge gates. City facilities are already closed to the public as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

You are encouraged to finalize your storm preparations at your home and business today before conditions deteriorate. Gather emergency supplies, fill your car with gas and have cash on hand. Secure loose outdoor items and do not put any garbage or bulk waste out for collection until the storm has passed. Now is not the time to trim your trees. 

Please note, as we are not a coastal city  in danger of storm surge, the City of Tamarac does not give out sandbags in advance of hurricanes or tropical storms.  

Saturday Food Distribution Event Canceled 

 The food distribution event at the Korean United Methodist Church scheduled for tomorrow, August 1, is canceled due to the storm.

Household Hazardous Waste Event Canceled

 The Household Hazardous Waste and E-Waste collection event in North Lauderdale scheduled for August 1 has been canceled. 

COVID-19 Testing Sites Closed 

As a reminder, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) closed all state-supported drive-thru and walk-up COVID-19 testing sites yesterday until further notice.

City Communications 

Community members are encouraged to sign up for the City’s FREE CodeRED emergency communications by visiting www.Tamarac.org and clicking the Emergency Services button or texting TamaracCodeRED to 99411. You can receive phone calls, emails and/or text notifications. 

Updates will also be available on the City’s website and on our citizen hotline: (954) 718-1800. Sign up for City at Large emails at https://www.Tamarac.org/list.aspx and follow the City of Tamarac on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Nextdoor.