As of Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 1444 hours per Cocoa Beach Fire Chief Ryan Duckworth:
City of Cocoa Beach is under a mandatory evacuation as of 1500 hours. All citizens are advised to leave the barrier island. This is a serious hurricane.
The most recent update for Hurricane Matthew from the National Hurricane Center shows the storm’s eyewall passing within approximately 25 miles from the City of Cocoa Beach Friday morning into the afternoon hours. It should be noted that these times can change hourly as the storm shifts or picks up speed. Hurricane force winds extend 45 miles and tropical storm force winds 175 miles from the eyewall of the storm. Current wind predictions from the National Hurricane Center show the arrival of tropical storm force winds (39 mph) in Brevard County on Thursday at approximately 8:00 p.m. and peak winds (106 mph) around 10:00 a.m. Friday. Current total duration of tropical storm force winds is 32 hours but this may change as the storm comes closer.
A mandatory evacuation order is in effect for the City of Cocoa Beach and other barrier islands, including Merritt Island as well as low-lying areas and mobile homes. Lightweight objects that may become airborne such as flags, garbage cans, and lawn furniture should be secured to avoid loss or damage. Avoid placing yard debris or trash near curbs until the storm has passed.
Residents and business owners are under a mandatory evacuation order beginning at 3:00 p.m. It is highly recommended to leave the area prior to the arrival of tropical storm force winds. If you need assistance with hurricane planning, please visit http://www.brevardcounty.us/EmergencyManagement/Preparedness
or call 211 for emergency assistance.
AlertBrevard emergency notification access is also available at the Brevard County EM site. Residents are encouraged to register for critical notifications.
As long as possible the City will be providing updates through CBNN and the website. At this time these are the only two official means of communication from the City of Cocoa Beach. Brevard County Emergency Management will also have updated information on Hurricane Matthew, see above link.
City Hall is closed until Monday, October 10, 2016. Only essential personnel are in the City.
Please be safe and evacuate!!