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West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James discusses Hurricane Isaias preparations

'Not a good idea during a pandemic,' mayor says of hurricane parties
West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James
Posted at 12:49 PM, Aug 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-01 16:43:40-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James spoke with WPTV on Saturday afternoon about the approach of Hurricane Isaias.

James said that storm-water drains around the city are being cleared and will be checked as soon as possible after the storm passes to minimize flooding. City crews will be out clearing storm debris from roadways on either Sunday night or Monday morning.

The mayor urged the public to avoid the temptation of throwing a "hurricane party" during the pandemic.

"People should keep in mind that we are in the middle of a pandemic and that the guidelines issued by the CDC as well as the county's executive order, shutting down businesses at 11 o'clock at night, should be honored," James said. "A lot of times when these events happen, particularly experienced Floridians, like to get together and have hurricane watch parties and that type of thing. Not a good idea during a pandemic. Please do not try to have big parties or anything. We're also telling people to stay off the roads. Shelter in place."

Watch a live stream of the conversation in the player below: