Bay County prepping for Tropical Storm Hermine

Published: Aug. 31, 2016 at 12:17 PM CDT
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While the worst of Tropical Storm Hermine is forecast to stay well to the east of Bay County, that's not stopping county leaders from preparing.

According to an email from Bay County Emergency Management, the county is monitoring the tropical system, but is more in a wait-and-see mode.

“We don’t plan an activation of the EOC right now, but we will continue to monitor the situation,” Emergency Services Chief Mark Bowen said. “We will make those decisions based on the track and the intensity of the forecast."

Bowen also added a decision on whether to open shelters will be made as more information about the track and intensity of the storm develops.

As of Noon Wednesday, no decision had been made about closing schools in Bay County on Thursday. As of now, it's business as usual for Bay County students. However, if that changes, we'll let you know.

Other preps being done by the county include:

==Sand is available to the public for bagging at Pete Edwards Field off Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach and at the northeast side of Deer Point Dam Bridge. Bags will not be provided but are available for purchase at area hardware stores.

==Bay County Public Works crews have been clearing stormwater drains throughout the county in anticipation of a potential rain event.

==Public Works is monitoring water levels at Lake Powell.

==Bay County Utilities is lowering Deer Point Reservoir to four feet, down from its normal depth of five feet.