Read about the latest closings and evacuation notices in Northwest Florida counties that may be impacted by Hurricane Michael
Gov. Rick Scott has directed the Florida Department of Transportation to suspend all tolls until further notice.
Officials are now including Navarre Beach in the voluntary evacuations due to the slight westward shift of the forecast path and the increased chance of a 4-to-5 foot surge on Navarre Beach.
Santa Rosa County schools will be closed all day Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Florida Forest Service is shutting down its operations, offices, recreation and day-use areas in Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties starting Tuesday. The closure will last through close of business Thursday. All campgrounds, trails, swimming lakes, day-use areas and offices are included in this closure.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System's outpatient clinics near Eglin Air Force Base and in Panama City Beach will be closed Tuesday.
A mandatory evacuation is in place for Walton County zones A, B and C. The Freeport High School shelter will be open beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday for general population, special needs and pets.
Okaloosa County Courts will close at noon on Tuesday and will be closed on Wednesday. Judge Mason’s Tuesday plea day (scheduled for 1:30 p.m.) will be rescheduled for October 23. Judge Brown’s Tuesday criminal pre-trial hearings with incarcerated defendants that are represented by Regional Conflict Counsel or the Public Defender will be rescheduled to docket day on October 17.
Information regarding Wednesday Shelter and Detention hearings and First Appearances will be determined and announced on Tuesday.
The Walton County Courthouse in DeFuniak Springs and the Walton County Courthouse Annex in Santa Rosa Beach will close at noon on Tuesday and will remain closed on Wednesday. All court hearings from noon on Tuesday through close of business on Wednesday are cancelled by order of the court. Decisions regarding court operations on Thursday will be made after further assessment of the storm’s path on Tuesday and Wednesday.
All hearings set for the Walton County Courthouse Annex in Santa Rosa Beach on Wednesday have been rescheduled for October 26 at the same times originally scheduled. Cases scheduled on the Domestic Violence court docket for Judge Lewis on Wednesday, October 10 will be rescheduled for Wednesday, October 17 at 8:30 a.m.
Courts in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties remain open.
The Empower After Hours mixer at HarborWalk Village originally planned for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday is rescheduled for Nov. 13, same time and place.
Mission essential personnel at Eglin Air Force Base will report for normal duty on Tuesday to finish base hurricane preparations and provide essential services. Eglin will remain mission essential only on Wednesday. Non-essential civilian personnel will be placed on administrative leave unless directed by management.
City of Destin, City of Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa County offices will close at noon Tuesday and remain closed Wednesday.
The Santa Rosa Island Authority has canceled the 7 p.m. Bands on the Beach performance scheduled for Tuesday on Pensacola Beach due to the hurricane and storm surge watch.
Tuesday's Fort Walton Beach City Council Meeting has been canceled.
CHELCO will close their Santa Rosa Beach, Bluewater Bay and Freeport offices on Tuesday and Wednesday. Members wishing to make payments may do so online at CHELCO.com, through the CHELCO mobile app, or by using payment kiosks if power is available. CHELCO crews will begin making system repairs as soon as safely possible.
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The offices of Sacred Heart Medical Group and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation in Port St. Joe, Wewahitchka and Apalachicola will close at noon Tuesday and remain closed Wednesday. All Sacred Heart offices in Panama City Beach will be closed all day Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Crestview Library will close Monday at 8 p.m. and remain closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Library staff ask that customers to not return items to the library or put them in the drop boxes on these days. All fines will be suspended for the week.
Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Department of Children and Families has ordered an early release of SNAP benefits for current SNAP customers. Those who normally receive benefits October 10-28 will receive their benefits by 8 a.m. Tuesday in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor and Dixie counties.
Both the Shalimar and Crestview offices of the Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections will be closed at noon Tuesday. This will affect the voter registration deadline that is also on this day. Any new Florida Voter Registration Applications must be submitted in person by the noon closing on Tuesday.
Alaqua Animal Refuge hasn't officially evacuated all of the animals, but is trying to find as many foster homes as possible, according to owner Laurie Hood.
The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center in Freeport is postponing the Where the Wild Things Run originally scheduled for Saturday until October 27.
The Walton County Animal Shelter will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Essential personnel will be on duty at the shelter to take care of the animals during the storm.
Holley By The Sea Recreation Center will be closing at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and will remain closed on Wednesday. It will tentatively reopen regular business hours on Thursday.
All classes and administrative operations are cancelled at all locations of Northwest Florida State College on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The University of West Florida will close at noon on Tuesday and remain closed on Wednesday.
The job fair sponsored by the Armament Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base, which was originally scheduled for Oct. 10 and 11, has been cancelled.
Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport and Eglin AFB will both close at midnight Tuesday.
Gulf Islands National Seashore officials will begin shutdown procedures at the park’s island units to all visitor use and access starting Monday night.
The Fort Pickens, Perdido Key, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa Areas will close Monday night at their normal operating time, and will not reopen Tuesday. All campers in the park’s Fort Pickens Campground have been ordered to evacuate by 7 p.m. Monday.
The Fort Barrancas and Naval Live Oaks Areas will remain on their normal operating schedules at this time, but their status may change with conditions.
Okaloosa County Schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Okaloosa County offices will close at noon Tuesday and remain closed on Wednesday.
A decision whether to close Santa Rosa County offices and court system will be made after the 5 p.m. briefing on Monday with the state and National Weather Service.
Santa Rosa County has sand available at the following locations:
Residents should bring shovels to fill and load their own bags. Sand bags are available at Lowe's and Hall's Hardware for a nominal fee.
Walton County currently has three sandbag stations open to the public at the following locations:Blue Mountain Pit - 1002 South County Highway 83, Santa Rosa Beach Legion Park - 226 Ponce de Leon Street, Miramar Beach Lakewood Park - 30 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa Beach
Shovels will not be furnished so bring your own.
Walton County is not under an evacuation order and shelters are not open at this time. The primary shelter is at Freeport High School at 12615 Business Highway 331.
The Walton County Fair will still be open on Monday, October 8th.
Santa Rosa County schools will operate on its posted Early Release schedule on Tuesday (https://sites.santarosa.k12.fl.us/files/startdismiss.pdf). All school-related activities on Tuesday must be concluded by 5 p.m.
Santa Rosa County schools will be closed on Wednesday. A decision regarding school-related afternoon and evening activities for Wednesday will be made during the day on Wednesday.
A decision on school operation for Thursday will be announced on Wednesday.
Walton County’s Tuesday County Commission meeting was moved from 4 p.m. at South Walton to 9 a.m. at the DeFuniak Springs Courthouse. At the meeting, the county will vote to pay its bills then adjourn with plans to meet for a full meeting at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15.
The decision was made at the 11:30 a.m. emergency meeting to close all county offices, including the court functions, at noon Tuesday and all day Wednesday. A decision will be made on Wednesday about what to do about Thursday.
Walton County Schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. A decision about Thursday will be made by 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Florida State University is closing its Tallahassee and Panama City campuses effective Tuesday. The university is expected to resume classes and normal business operations on Monday, Oct. 15.
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The Destin Fishing Rodeo will be closed down Tuesday and Wednesday. A mandatory evacuation of all Destin Fishing Fleet has been ordered effective immediately.
The Gulf Power Economic Symposium and all related events have been postponed. This is a major safety concern for our attendees since many would be traveling to the event during this time.
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Sandbags are being offered at the following locations.
Crestview: Okaloosa County Public Works, 1759 S Ferdon Blvd, Crestview
Fort Walton Beach: City of FWB Maintenance Yard at 116 Hollywood Boulevard SW (located next to Volkswagen/Subaru dealership) – For residents only. Available by 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 8, 2018 while supplies last (limit of 10 bags per resident per visit); please bring your own shovel or scoop
Destin: Destin Maintenance Department, Commons Drive
Shelters are on standby at the following locations:
Davidson Middle School in Crestview
Raider Arena on the Northwest Florida State College Campus.
Shoal River Middle School
The Florida Department of Transportation will close all of the bridges once sustained winds exceed 39 miles per hour. They will do this without warning.
Bridge tolls have been lifted, according to an Okaloosa County press release.
The Okaloosa County Jail has four days of food on hand to supply the inmates and will be able to serve food with or without power. The generators for the jail are fueled and ready to provide power as well.
All county-owned public parks and beach accesses will close in Okaloosa County as of Monday evening.
Normal solid waste and recycling service from the City of FWB will be provided on Monday, October 8, 2018 and Tuesday, October 9, 2018.
Yard waste city crews will be out by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, October 8, 2018 and Tuesday, October 9, 2018 to clear the rights-of-way of yard waste in anticipation of Hurricane Michael’s impact to the City.Do not cut down trees or perform any major yard work. Do not begin construction projects that produce debris. Mass cutting places a tremendous burden on the normal collection process and there is not enough equipment or manpower to collect additional material once the storm conditions begin. Do not place materials at the curb or take materials to the landfill or transfer facility during a Storm Watch or Warning period. Services may be suspended and facilities closed early to prepare for the storm.
Potential road closures:
City of FWB streets that may be more susceptible to flooding during storm conditions:Hughes Street NW from Beal Parkway to Eglin Parkway Laurie Drive NE from Okaloosa Road NE to Hollywood Boulevard NE Alexandria Place SE from 16 to 25 Alexandria Place SE McGriff Street NE from Harbeson Avenue NE to 9 McGriff Street NE Industrial Street NW from Robinwood Drive NW to Beal Parkway Holmes Boulevard NW from Highland Drive NW to Rainbow Drive NW Sullivan Street NW from Jonquil Avenue NW to Hooper Drive NW Anchors Street NW from Blake Avenue NW to Forsman Drive NW Walkedge Boat Ramp (Storm Surge Effects) Bay Drive SE South of Brooks Street SE (Storm Surge Effects)
As a result of the potential impacts of Tropical Storm Michael, notice is hereby given that the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting previously noticed and scheduled for Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at the Okaloosa County Administration Building, located at 1250 N. Eglin Parkway, Shalimar, Florida, 32579 is hereby canceled.