Walton County Prepares

As Isaac continues to track farther to the west, Walton County's status has been dropped from a hurricane watch to a tropical storm warning. The Walton County Sheriff's Emergency Operations Center is currently operating at a level one.

Walton County currently has one shelter open at Freeport High School. This shelter will accomodate both the general public and those with special needs.

Mandatory evacuations began for Walton County residents living in low-lying areas Monday morning at 6 o'clock. In the latest press release from Walton County, the mandatory evacuations have been lifted and those are now voluntary.

Emergency official say the county's biggest threats should be gusting winds, tornadoes, moderate erosion, storm surge, and flooding.

The Grayton Beach State Park closed Monday at noon after weekend preparations. Park officials believe the public is aware of the impacts Isaac will still bring.

"They are alert of what's going around here, just like here at the park. We are listening to what the sheriff's deputies and the E.O.C. has to say and keeping an eye on the weather forecast," says Grayton Beach Park Services Specialist Patrick Hartsfild.

Some South Walton businesses were open Monday, but others were closed because they were concerned their employees would be unable to get there.

As of now, there are no scheduled road closures in Walton County, but they will re-evaluate as the storm progresses.

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