Walton County – Update 11am cdt 9.10.17
Walton County – UPDATE 11am CDT 9.10.17
Walton County, Florida – Due to the high number of questions received via the citizen information center and social media regarding voluntary evacuation, storm surge, and shelters, we’ve decided to post the following information:
Walton County has been placed under a Tropical Storm Warning, indicating the potential for tropical storm force winds to arrive Sunday evening.
Tropical storm winds range from 39-74 mph, and current forecasts state that Walton County has a 1 in 3 chance of receiving sustained tropical storm force winds. Those winds are forecast to potentially arrive sometime between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunday night but are subject to change based upon the forward speed of the storm. Due to the storm’s approach, we are not expecting ANY storm surge or flooding to accompany this storm in Walton County.
The County will also open a general population and special needs shelter at Freeport High School beginning at 10:00 am Sunday morning for those who decide to VOLUNTARILY evacuate from their travel trailers, mobile homes, or those who do not feel safe in their homes or have special needs.
Freeport High School Shelter
12165 US Hwy 331 Business
Freeport, FL 32439
Shelter Opening: 10:00am Sunday, September 10
Due to the high number of questions received via the citizen information center and social media regarding bridge closures, we’ve decided to repost the following information:
The determination for closure of bridges is made by the Florida Department of Transportation and Local Law Enforcement based on current conditions. Little to no warning could be issued due to the fast changing nature of weather systems.
The Clyde B. Wells Bridge (331 Bridge), will close when winds are sustained at 40 mph. Sustained winds mean that for at least one minute straight, during a two minute period, winds stay at 40mph or greater. The Florida Department of Transportation will always work diligently to reopen bridges ASAP.
For more information – Walton County EOC