Okaloosa County Storm Information

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - OKALOOSA COUNTY

Okaloosa County Staff and Officials are preparing for Hurricane Michael’s approach.

As of Monday evening ALL public parks and beach accesses will be closed.

For more information on how to prepare – go to our hurricane guide. This is the link to that guide: http://www.co.okaloosa.fl.us/sites/default/files/users/PSUser/Hurricane%20Guide%20071618.pdf

IMPORTANT: Okaloosa Island and Holiday Isle are highly effected by severe weather. Water, sewer, and power may be disconnected for an indefinite amount of time, especially in these areas.

SHELTERS
UPDATE 10/09/2018 10:23 p.m.:
Davidson Middle School is now closed to general population evacuees. All general evacuees are asked to seek shelter at Raider Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College. Special needs evacuees are still asked to go to Davidson Middle School.

SCHOOLS

-All Okaloosa County schools and school activities have been canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

SAND BAGS

The County Public Works Department has begun to provide bags and sand for county residents at the County Public Works Yards located at:

--Crestview

1759 S Ferdon Blvd, Crestview, FL 32536

--Fort Walton Beach

City of FWB Maintenance Yard at 116 Hollywood Boulevard SW (located next to Volkswagen/Subaru dealership)

Available beginning at 1 p.m. on Monday, October 8th while supplies last (limit of 10 bags per resident per visit); please bring your own shovel or scoop.

--Destin

In addition – City of Destin Public Works will give away sand bags and sand at their maintenance department on Commons Drive in Destin.

TOLLS

The governor has lifted tolls for bridges in advance of this storm.

HURLBURT FIELD

On Monday, out of an abundance of caution and due to the potential arrival of strong winds from Hurricane Michael, Hurlburt Field leadership called for the evacuation of aircraft only.

The aircraft will be evacuated to Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, until the potential for bad weather is over.

BUSINESS CLOSINGS

--Okaloosa County offices will close at Noon Tuesday, October 9th.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System's outpatient clinics near Eglin Air Force Base.

-Baker Area Recreation Association is accepting horses for shelter. Call Tracy Rogers at 850-537-4744 or Tim Ross at 850-259-1284.

-Outpatient Dialysis is open Tuesday until 6 p.m. and will reopen Thursday at 8 a.m. weather permitting.

-Destin Emergency Room and Eglin Air Force Base Hospital and Emergency Room are closed.

-Sacred Heart Hospital Emergency Room is open, however, the hospital is not accepting inpatient admissions at this time.

-CEW (Crestview) and DTS (Destin) are closing Tuesday night at 10 p.m.

-The Greyhound bus station is closed.
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FT. WALTON BEACH

SAND BAGS

City of FWB Maintenance Yard at 116 Hollywood Boulevard SW (located next to Volkswagen/Subaru dealership)

Available beginning at 1 p.m. on Monday, October 8th while supplies last (limit of 10 bags per resident per visit); please bring your own shovel or scoop.

SOLID WASTE PICKUP

Normal solid waste and recycling service for the city of Fort Walton Beach will be provided on Monday, October 8th and Tuesday, October 9th.

YARD WASTE INFORMATION

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 FLOOD IMPACT AREAS:
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)

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DESTIN

SAND BAGS

--Sand is available for city residents at the city’s public works compound (3949 Commons Dr.) and a limited supply of sandbags are available while they last. Sandbags can also be purchased a local hardware stores.

GARBAGE AND YARD DEBRIS

Regular schedules will be kept for bulk items (Monday), garbage/recycling (Tuesday and Friday) and yard waste (Friday).

Remember, do not place limbs or other yard waste items by the road prior to the storm that is expected to arrive mid-week.