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Storm Update
[UPDATE 10-25-2023 at 4:30 p.m.]

All Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County facilities are open as scheduled. The SWA Greenway Trail system is open. We’ll continue to monitor for any storm and provide updates as warranted.

The PBC Emergency Operations Center is at Level IV - Normal Operations.

To keep up to date on Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County openings and actions related to this storm, visit the SWA’s:

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 - Nov. 30. Read the current Atlantic 5-Day Graphical Tropical Outlook from the National Hurricane Center.

Below are commonly used terms during hurricane season as defined by the National Hurricane Center. A full list of their definitions is available online

Hurricane Season:
The hurricane season in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico runs from June 1 to November 30.

Hurricane Warning:
An announcement that sustained winds of 74 mph (64 knots or 119 km/hr) or higher are expected within 36 hours.

Hurricane Watch:
An announcement that sustained winds of 74 mph (64 knots or 119 km/hr) or higher are possible within 48 hours.

Major Hurricane:
A hurricane that is classified as Category 3 or higher.

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale:
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 categorization based on the hurricane's wind intensity at the indicated time. The following table shows the scale broken down by winds:

Category

Wind Speed

1

74-95 mph
119-153 km/hr

2

96-110 mph
154-177 km/hr

3
(major)

111-129 mph
178-208 km/hr

4
(major)

130-156 mph
209-251 km/hr

5
(major)

157 mph or higher
252 km/hr or higher


A detailed description of the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is available online.

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