The majority of tropical activity occurs during these six months. The peak of the season is August to October. At least 40% of hurricanes that occur in the US hit Florida. Always be prepared for a storm year-round.

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Click here to visit the City of Aventura Hurricane Resource Page
Click here to visit the Miami-Dade County Hurricane Resource Page
Click here to download the Miami-Dade County Hurricane Guide

  • Williams Island Hurricane Resources
  • Tropical Climate – Know Your Weather
    • Tropical Depression

      An organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 38 mph (33kt) or less.


      Tropical Storm

      An organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 39 - 73 mph (34 - 63 kt).


      Hurricane

      An intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a well-defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 74 mph (64 kt) or higher. In other parts of the world, the word hurricane is synonymous with typhoon and cyclone.
  • Watches and Warnings – What is the Difference?
    • Tropical Storm Watch

      Tropical storm conditions are possible, usually within 48 hours.


      Tropical Storm Warning

      Tropical storm conditions are expected, usually within 36 hours.


      Hurricane Watch

      Hurricane conditions are possible, usually within 48 hours.


      Hurricane Warning

      Hurricane conditions are expected, usually within 36 hours.

      Tropical Storm

      Sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph


      Hurricane

      Sustained winds of 74 mph or higher


      Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

      Category 1: 74 to 95 mph
      Category 2: 96 to 110 mph
      Category 3: 111 to 129 mph
      Category 4: 130 to 156 mph
      Category 5: 157 mph or higher
  • Emergency & Evacuation Assistance Program (EE AP)
    • Residents who require evacuation assistance should register for the Emergency & Evacuation Assistance Program (EE AP) before hurricane season to ensure help will be given following an evacuation order. Assistance may also be provided after an emergency.

      This program is for individuals with functional and access needs who live alone or with families who:
      • Cannot evacuate on their own due to medical or specialized transportation needs

      • Are homebound or bedridden, unable to walk and do not have transportation options

      • Are on life-sustaining medical equipment that requires electricity

      • Require assistance with daily living activities
      Visit the Emergency & Evacuation Assistance section at www.miamidade.gov/hurricane or call 311 to receive an application and learn more about the program.

  • Pet Safety
    • Evacuating with your Pets

      Pet-Friendly Evacuation Centers (PFEC) are available for residents living in high-risk, flood-prone areas, including barrier islands, coastal communities, mobile homes, or anyone living in the Storm Surge Planning Zone and has been ordered to evacuate. A family member must stay with the pet at the PFEC and the pet must be contained in a crate or pet-carrier.

      The PFEC locations will be announced as they are opened prior to the storm’s arrival. Visit www.miamidade.gov, call 311 Contact Center or monitor your local news to keep up with the latest information. Animals accepted include: dogs, cats, ferrets, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, common household birds and certain breeds of rabbits under 10 pounds. All animals will be examined, but not vaccinated or offered medical treatment, by a licensed veterinarian to determine if the animal presents a safety risk.

      WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING TO A PET-FRIENDLY EVACUATION CENTER

      • Proof of residency within an evacuation zone
      • ID tags placed on appropriate collars
      • Current medical and vaccination records for each pet. Annual rabies vaccinations (for cats and dogs) and a visible Miami-Dade County dog license are required
      • A 3-day supply of food and supplies for the pets, as well as a suitable carrier or crate; collar, leash or muzzle; food bowls, and bedding material and toys
  • Important Hurricane Contact Numbers
    • EMERGENCIES

      911

      NON-EMERGENCIES

      305-466-8989 City of Aventura Police
      305-4-POLICE (476-5423) Miami-Dade County Police

      MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

      311 or 305-468-5900

      TTY: 711

      FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT

      1-800-4-OUTAGE (468-8243)

      TTY: 711

      www.fpl.com


      Atlantic Broadband

      1-844-442-4500

      https://atlanticbb.com/select-communities/williams-island




      FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA)

      1-800-621-FEMA (3362)

      TTY: 1-800-462-7585

      AMERICAN RED CROSS – SOUTH FLORIDA

      305-644-1200


      FAMILY SOCIAL SERVICES

      211

      TTY: 305-644-9449

      POISON CONTROL HELP LINE

      1-800-222-1222

      MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

      305-995-1000


      TRAFFIC INFORMATION

      511

      PRICE GOUGING COMPLAINTS FLORIDA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

      1-866-966-7226
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