Franklin County Emergency Management Alert
|Franklin County Emergency Management
28 Airport Rd
Apalachicola FL 32320
10/10/18 10:23 AM
HURRICANE MICHAEL UPDATE
- STAY OFF ALL ROADS AND SHELTER IN PLACE NOW
- HWY 98 IS NO LONGER PASSABLE
- HIGH WIND SPEEDS THROUGHOUT FRANKLIN COUNTY ESPECIALLY ALONG BRIDGES
- TREES AND POWERLINES ARE DOWN THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY
- DO NOT GET OUT OF YOUR VEHICLE UNLESS IT IS TO SAVE A LIFE
- FRANKLIN AND GULF COUNTY BRIDGES ARE NOW CLOSED
- DO NOT CALL THE SHERIFFS OFFICE TO REPORT POWER OUTAGES. CALL DUKE ENERGY OUTAGE HOTLINE AT 1-800-228-8485.
10/08/18 10:00 P. M. Update
HURRICANE MICHAEL INFORMATION
*Shelters are for a Last Resort
*Pay Close Attention to Hurricane Michael’s Path
*Shelter Outside the Cone of Possibility
*This is a Very Dangerous Storm
*Evacuate North West of the Storms Path
*Stay Aware of Watches and Warnings
*Sign Up For Alert Franklin at www.franklinemergencymanagement.com
10/08/2018 6:00 P.M update
Tropical Storm Michael Update
Franklin County Emergency Management is activated to a Level 1 Activation Hurricane Weather Update:
- Michael is now a hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.
- Expected to strengthen into a hurricane later today. Additional strengthening is likely, and Michael is expected to be a major hurricane at landfall.
- Confidence continues to increase in significant impacts across the area.
- Hurricane watches are in effect across much of the region. Tropical storm watches are in effect for inland areas across Southeast Alabama and portions of South Central Georgia.
- Hurricane warnings have been posted for the Northern Florida Gulf Coast.
- Tropical storm conditions could begin along the coast as soon as Tuesday evening in the Panhandle and into Southwestern Georgia by daybreak Wednesday. Hurricane conditions could begin as early as Wednesday midday.
- There’s a near certainty of tropical storm conditions for points west of Interstate 75.
- Significant and life-threatening storm surge is possible with Michael especially in Apalachee Bay.
Timing: Storm surge inundation could begin as early as Tuesday night, peaking on Wednesday.
Florida Panhandle: 4 to 6 feet above ground.
Gulf County through Franklin County 6 to 9 feet above ground (Approximately 11 feet surge)
Wakulla County through Taylor County 9 to 11 feet above ground.
Dixie County 6 to 9 feet above ground.
Locally heavy rainfall could cause flash flooding beginning Wednesday.
There is a 2 in 3 chance of hurricane conditions along the coast for points between Panama City and Apalachicola.
There is a 2 in 5 chance of hurricane conditions for points inland across the Eastern Florida Panhandle, Western Florida Big Bend, and Southeast Alabama.
There is a 2 in 10 chance of hurricane conditions in the Suwannee River Valley.
Probabilities for hurricane conditions will likely increase further in the Florida Panhandle.
- Strong winds are expected to lead to downed trees, resulting in widespread, prolonged power outages.
- Prepare for at least sustained hurricane force winds across the region. Strongest winds expected near the coast.
- Damage to coastal structures and beach erosion due to large battering waves likely.
- Possible high risk of life threatening rip currents.
- Secure all outdoor items such as chairs, grills, garbage cans and umbrellas that can move in the event of high winds.
- Main threat of tornadoes would be beginning Wednesday and continuing into Thursday.
- Be mindful of bayside docks that may have power for lighting and boat lifts including water lines, please prepare them for a hurricane.
BE SURE TO MONITOR:
- @FranklinEOC on Facebook – Like Our Page for Updates
- Alert Franklin – Sign up at www.franklinemergencymanagement.com
- Local Radio and TV Stations
- WeatherStem- download app on phone or www.weatherstem.com
All Franklin County Schools are Closed beginning Tuesday, 10/09/2018 through Friday 10/12/2018, expected to resume classes on Monday, 10/15/2018 at 7:30 AM.
City of Apalachicola Office, Franklin County Offices, and City of Carrabelle will be CLOSED on Tuesday, 10/09/2018 through Thursday, 10/11/2018, reopen planned for Friday, 10/12/2018.
Centennial Bank on St George Island will be closing the SGI Branch Tuesday and Wednesday, will be making decisions on other branches at 4:00 PM today.
Peoples First Bank in Apalachicola will be open on Tuesday, 10/19/2018 until noon, reopen pending the passing of Hurricane Michael.
Harry A’s on St George Island has closed today, pending passing of Hurricane Michael.
Paddy’s & Sparks Grocery plan to close today, pending passing of Hurricane Michael.
Piggly Wiggly Express plans to close for Tuesday and Wednesday, pending passing of Hurricane Michael.
They are expecting another 4000 gallons of gas to be delivered today along with ice for their coolers.
Doc Myers, has closed for this afternoon, pending reopening with passing of Hurricane Michael.
All Management Companies are busy preparing their rental homes for Hurricane Michael, securing garbage cans, pool and deck furniture, etc.
Franklin County Emergency Management, issued a mandatory evacuation earlier today for non-residents of Franklin County.
A Mandatory Evacuation is being issued for Tuesday, 10/09/2018 beginning at 8:00 AM for Franklin County residents and businesses. It is important for everyone to plan to leave the area. The bridge for the island will close with sustained winds of 40 mph, which will be monitored closely by the Highway Patrol. There will be
an officer staged at the East Point side of the island bridge.
RESIDENTS CAN GO TO WWW.FLORIDADISASTER.ORG and click the shelter link for up to date information
Honeyville Community Center in Wewahitchka will open at 10:00 AM EST on Tuesday, 10/09/2018, this is a small shelter for General Population.
Jackson County Marianna High School is mobilizing, this is a small shelter for General Population and Special Needs
Walton County Freeport High School is mobilizing, this shelter is for General Population, Pet Friendly and can also handle Special Needs, capacity for shelter is 2000
We will send a new update when new information becomes available.
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- Call 850-653-8977