Okaloosa County braces for Hurricane Nate

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fl (WJHG/WECP) - Those who live in the Gulf Coast states are bracing for Hurricane Nate. With the hurricane quickly approaching the Gulf Coast states and the Florida panhandle Saturday night Okaloosa County Emergency Operations Center officials have taken precautions.

"We have a hurricane watch, we have a tropical storm warning, and a storm surge warning. Those are the three areas we are watching right now. Again those will be kind of dynamic until we actually see where Nate makes it's landfall. But also from the monitoring perspective we will remain open with our emergency operations center monitoring the activity and then we can scale up or scale down based on the situation," said Alvin Henderson, Director of Public Safety for Okaloosa County.

According to Okaloosa County EOC officials they are anticipating the storm surge to be between two and four feet. Double red flags are flying on beaches county wide.

"We're starting to see those rip currents increase and the surf conditions worsen," said Henderson.

Okaloosa County residents looking for a safe place to stay can go to Davidson Middle School in Crestview which is serving as an evacuation shelter until it is no longer deemed necessary.

Red Cross officials tell us the middle school can take in about 200 people and is also serving as a special needs shelter as well.