The latest forecasts show Hurricane Irma heading straight for Miami, although with this much time left, that could still change. We were placed under a hurricane warning last night, and tropical storm force winds are expected to begin reaching the Keys and South Florida Saturday afternoon.
That’s led to the largest evacuation ever in Miami-Dade history. More than 650,000 people have been told to get out, and that’s been expanded to include all of zone B and parts of zone C, south of Coral Way. Figure out which zone you’re in here, and then keep yourself safe with our list of last-minute hurricane hacks – like freezing bags of water and using paint cans to raise your furniture. Figure out your nearest shelter here (four more were just added). Got more suggestions? Hit reply and let us know.
We will be keeping newsletters coming over the weekend. Check your inbox for more Irma deets and resources.
We’re still answering your Irma questions, and updating our hurricane guide. Keeping sending your questions and concerns our way.
And keep on crowdsourcing. Tell us where you’ve found places to buy water, supplies and gas on our map. It takes two seconds and can help everybody get through this together.
We’ve also updated it to include more shelter locations.
Five apps to download before Hurricane Irma makes landfall. Make sure to check out GasBuddy, Hurricane by the American Red Cross, Waze, and a few more. (Miami New Times)
What IS the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning? Basically a watch means storm conditions are possible within the next 48 hours, and a warning comes 36 hours before landfall. (WSVN)
Deciphering colors and spaghetti models. If all the pictures of Irma on the radar don’t totally make sense to you, you’re not alone. The New York Times explains what they really mean.
Traffic updates. Here’s how to avoid the traffic jams if you’re hitting the road to avoid Irma’s wrath. (Miami.com)
Make all the calls. AT&T is providing free calls and unlimited data for prepaid customers during Irma. (AT&T)
Free storage. Here are all 96 U-Haul locations across Florida offering free 30-day self storage. (U-Haul)
Donate. OneBlood is asking for blood donations before Irma hits. (WLRN)
Publixes are closing. These are the anticipated closures of SoFlo Publix locations. Get your supplies before noon on Saturday. (WSVN)
Free places to evacuate to. Airbnb announced no fees for people fleeing or affected by Irma through Sept. 28. Right now all the free accommodations have been snapped up, but check back here in case more hosts open up their homes in Northwest FL and just across the Georgia state line. (Airbnb)
We’ll keep our calendar as updated as possible, but make sure these events are still happening before you go.
🎨 9/8 – 9/9: ART + HACK + DATA: Miami Media Art Weekend – POSTPONED
🌇 9/8: Downtown ARTchitecture and Archaeology Walking Tour – CANCELED
💭 9/9: YoungArts Imagination Land Exhibition Opening – CANCELED
💃 9/10: Free Roller Dancing at The Faena
🙋 9/12: Miami Trivia Night with HistoryMiami and PACE Miami -POSTPONED
🎷 9/13: In the Lobby Lounge JAZZ!
🔬 9/13: LATE at Frost Science: SEEING 004 – CANCELED
👊 9/14: Our Power Town Hall
🛍️ 9/15: Giralda Plaza Opening