Hurricane Sally: Live Updates – WUWF

15September 2020

 Sept. 16

8 p.m.

Garcon Point Bridge closed

The Garcon Point Bridge on State Road (S.R.) 281 in Santa Rosa County is closed until further notice to allow Florida Department of Transportation inspectors to assess damage.

Due to the closure of the Pensacola Bay Bridge and the Garcon Point Bridge, motorists should utilize S.R. 87 as an alternate route. FDOT’s priority is to ensure the safety of the traveling public and will reopen the facilities only when they are deemed safe. For real-time traffic updates, please visit FL511.com or on Twitter @MyFDOT.

6 p.m.

Curfew Set For Santa Rosa County 

Santa Rosa County is under a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. until lifted. Access to the beach will be closed to all except for residents, verified guests and workers – much the same as earlier this year at the onset of COVID.

Since 12:01 a.m. on Wed., Sept. 16, responders have made 51 rescues (four in progress now), taken 484 9-1-1 calls and 510 calls in the citizen information center. Public works crews have begun clearing roads and will continue. 

All Santa Rosa County offices including the libraries, supervisor of elections, clerk of court, tax collector and property appraiser remain closed. 

Conserve water in Pace

Pace Water is asking all customers to conserve water as much as possible. Several of their pumps are running on generators so please don’t overload them. There is NO boil water advisory.

City of Fort Walton Beach Offices Closed Until Monday

All non-essential City of Fort Walton Beach facilities will be closed and programs canceled for Thursday, Sept. 17, and Friday, Sept. 18. Emergency and essential services will remain available to the public including police, fire and public works. City offices are scheduled to reopen to the public Monday, Sept. 21.

Pensacola 311

The city of Pensacola’s 311 is down for non-emergency calls. The city is working to restore service as soon as possible.

FDOT Updates

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is providing an update on state road and bridge closures and restrictions in Northwest Florida due to Hurricane Sally.

Bay County

· Business U.S. 98 near Arizona Chemical Company is closed due to flooding.

· State Road 390 from New York Avenue to Mowat School Road closed due to flooding.

Escambia County

· Pensacola International Airport has suspended operations for all arriving and departing commercial aircraft.

· I-10 is closed from the Alabama-Florida state line through the Escambia Bay Bridge due to flooding. · The Pensacola Bay Bridge on U.S. 98 is closed to all traffic.

· The Escambia Bay Bridge on I-10 is closed due to high winds.

· The Theo Baars Bridge (S.R.292/Gulf Beach Parkway) is closed due to high winds.

· S.R. 292 at Mirella Street is closed due to flooding.

· The U.S. 98 bridge over Perdido Bay is closed due to high winds.

· U.S. 98 is closed at Paradise Lane due to flooding.

· U.S. 98 from North 13th Avenue to Baybridge Drive is closed due to flooding

· S.R. 196 at Romana Street is closed due to flooding.

· Northbound S.R. 297 (Pine Forest Road) is blocked by trees between 9-Mile Road and I-10.

Gulf County ·

U.S. 98 in Port St. Joe between Avenue D and Avenue A is closed due to flooding.

Holmes County ·

S.R. 79 from U.S. 90 to Son in Law Road in Bonifay is closed due to flooding. ·

U.S. 90 through the city limits of Bonifay is closed due to flooding.

· S.R. 81 from I-10 to Windmill Road is closed due to flooding.

Okaloosa County

· U.S. 98 from Calhoun Avenue to Marler Street is closed due to flooding.

· One lane eastbound on U.S. 98 in Destin from Regatta Bay Boulevard to Gulfstarr Drive is open to traffic. Westbound and additional lanes remain closed due to flooding. ·

Westbound U.S. 98 at Mary Esther Drive is closed due to flooding. ·

Marler Bridge is closed due to flooding. ·

S.R. 85 at Old Ferry Road is closed due to flooding.

· S.R. 85 at Lighthouse Point Road is closed due to flooding. ·

U.S. 98 from Ferry Road to Brooks Street is closed due to flooding. ·

Brooks Bridge on U.S. 98 is closed due to high winds.

Santa Rosa County ·

Garcon Point Bridge S.R. 281 is closed due to high winds. ·

S.R. 281 (Avalon Blvd) is closed between U.S. 90 and Carroll Road due to flooding.

Walton County ·

U.S. 98 is closed from Regatta Bay Boulevard to Gulfstarr Drive/Vinnings Way due to flooding. ·

S.R. 81 near Windmill Road is closed due to flooding. ·

S.R. 20 near Basin Bayou is closed due to flooding. ·

The outside southbound lane on the Clyde B. Wells Bridge on U.S. 331 is closed due to storm surge. ·

The outside eastbound lane of U.S. 98 near Veterans Road is closed due to flooding.

Washington County

Pine Log Creek Bridge on S.R. 20 is closed due to flooding.

· S.R. 277 from U.S. 90 in Chipley to Pioneer Road in Vernon is closed due to flooding. ·

U.S. 90 between Brown Street and Spangenberg Road in Chipley is closed due to flooding. ·

S.R. 77 from Wausau to Clayton Road is closed due to flooding. ·

S.R. 20 from S.R. 79 to S.R. 77 is closed due to flooding.

5:50 p.m. 

Free Medical And Mental Healthcare For Pensacola Residents Affected By Hurricane Sally

Teladoc is providing general medical care through phone or video visits at no cost for all individuals who have been displaced or impacted by Hurricane Sally.

Call the Teladoc disaster hotline at 855-225-5032 or go to www.teladoc.com/disaster-hotline/. You do not need to have health insurance for these free services. If you use a Teladoc account through your insurance plan, you will be charged the standard rate. Pharmacy refill extensions are still in place because of the COVID-19 state of emergency so you may fill prescriptions early.

Florida Blue’s bilingual emotional support helpline is available at no cost to everyone in Florida, 24/7, whether or not you have Florida Blue insurance, at 833-848-1762. Talk with a specially trained behavioral health counselor for help with stress, anxiety, grief or anguish you may be feeling.

5:23 p.m.

State courts closed

State courts in Escambia and Walton counties will be closed on Thursday and Friday. Regular operations will resume Monday. 

State courts in Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties will be closed Thursday.  If closure is required on Friday, that announcement will be made as soon as possible.

5 p.m.

Okaloosa curfew tonight

A curfew is in effect in Okaloosa County from 9 p.m. today to 6 a.m. Thursday. Only emergency vehicles and other authorized vehicles are allowed on the roads.

4:15 p.m. 

Press Conference With Gov. Ron DeSantis 

4 p.m. 

Watch the Escambia County Afternoon Press Conference

3:49

Storm Surge At Navarre Park 

3 p.m.

No deaths associated with Hurricane Sally

Please stay off the roads. Stay home unless there is an emergency.

Dusk-to-dawn curfew in effect for the next three days in Escambia County. Sheriff David Morgan said there is a concern for looting in abandoned homes. Those caught looting will be prosecuted, Morgan promised.

ECUA issues precautionary boil-water notice for water to be used for drinking or cooking.

277 people rescued in Escambia County.

The National Guard has been activated and will be in Escambia County Thursday.

2:15 p.m. 

UWF Closed Until Monday

The University will be closed until Monday, September 21 through 4:59 a.m. to allow the University to assess damage and begin the cleanup process at UWF locations and allow the UWF community time to begin their recovery efforts. All courses, including online courses, are cancelled.

All assignments, exams, virtual and in-person courses are suspended during this time. All virtual or in-person meetings, activities and services are suspended during this time. Essential employees must report to work, as assigned. If you are essential personnel and required to report to work, your supervisor will notify you.

The University will resume operations at 5 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 21, unless otherwise notified by the University. The University community is advised not to travel unless it is absolutely critical at this time. Essential personnel will be permitted on campus and routed to the safest path. Power remains out on campus but will be restored as soon as possible. Gulf Power cannot provide estimated restoration times. Dining Services is in the process of preparing food for residential students. The University communicates with students, faculty and staff via email, uwf.edu, facebook.com/westfl, twitter.com/uwf and the UWF Mobile Alert text messaging system. To learn more about Mobile Alert, visit uwf.edu/mobilealert.

1:39 p.m. 

Garbage Pick-Up Changes In City Of Fort Walton Beach

Commercial garbage normally collected on Wednesdays will be collected on Thursday, Sept. 17, along with the regularly scheduled Thursday pickups. Residential garbage that was scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 15, will be collected on Thursday, Sept. 17. This also includes all special needs customers. Residential recycling scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 17, will not be collected until the next scheduled collection day, which is Thursday, Sept. 24. Residents are advised to place cans by the curb Wednesday evening (tonight) for Thursday collection and to make sure cans are in an upright position. Any cans that are not upright will not be serviced until next service day. Normal service for Friday, Sept. 18, will take place. This includes scheduled bulk household pickup, residential recycling and commercial service. Yard waste and storm debris will be collected as time allows. We understand that there will be a large amount of debris after the storm passes. We will collect 4 cubic yards of debris each week per residence until all has been removed. This may take several weeks to complete. 

1:20 p.m.

View From Navarre Beach

1 p.m. 

Community Health Northwest Florida Centers Closed Tomorrow

CHNWF sites are all closed through Thursday, Sept. 17, as the center assess the condition of each site.  

View From Pensacola Beach 

Noon:

Escambia County

  • Officials are working to assess flooding and wind damage from Hurricane Sally. Everyone is encouraged to continue to shelter in place for as long as it remains safe to do so. Roadways are likely not safe for travel. There has been road damage in the county
  • Pensacola Energy asks the public to call 850-474-5307 if you smell gas.
  • The Citizen Information Line is available 24 hours a day for residents to call with questions or concerns at: (850) 471-6600
  • Everyone is encouraged to follow BeReadyEscambia Facebook and Twitter sites for the latest Hurricane Sally information.
  • While reaching out to friends and family, we encourage you to text rather than call to keep cell towers open for 911 callers.
  • Escambia County Fire and Rescue, National Guard and the Sherriff’s Office are actively working on water rescues and life saving measures in the Bristol Park and Woods.

Known Damage and Closure

  • A section of 3-Mile bridge has been damaged and is being accessed by FDOT, Emergency Management and county officials.
  • I10 traffic is being diverted eastbound at the 17 mile marker and westbound at the 31 mile marker until the barge and crane are secure.
  • Most of downtown Pensacola is flooded and not accessible.
  • Summit Blvd. is not accessible due to flooding
  • Airport remains closed until further notice.

City of Pensacola

  • Initial reports include significant flooding, downed trees and power lines, power outages and multiple traffic signal outages. The city has started initial damage assessments from Hurricane Sally, and crews will continue until the assessments are completed. 
  • Multiple roadways in the city are closed or impassable due to flooding, downed power lines and other debris. For a real-time road closures map, visit pensacolapolice.com.
  • The city is aware of multiple flooded facilities and roadways, and we appreciate the public’s patience as damages are assessed. 
  • If you see a downed tree, power line or other non-emergency issue in the City of Pensacola, please call 311 or report it online at cityofpensacola.com/311.
  • At this time, Pensacola Fire Department and Pensacola Police Department are only responding to critical, life threatening emergencies due to high wind gusts and unsafe conditions. 
  • PFD and PPD have responded to multiple calls to rescue people from cars. Onlookers are putting themselves and first responders at risk and taking resources away from those who are experiencing critical, life threatening emergencies. 
  • PFD has been coordinating with a National Guard high water response vehicle to rescue multiple occupants trapped due to high waters. 
  • Pensacola Energy crews are responding to calls for service south of I-10 and will respond to calls north of I-10 when conditions are safe. If you smell natural gas or see a damaged gas line, please call Pensacola Energy at 474-5307.
  • City of Pensacola offices and community centers will remain closed Thursday. Essential personnel will be working.
  • City Sanitation Services are suspended for the remainder of the week.

11:45 a.m. 

Water Line Break In City Of Gulf Breeze

The City of Gulf Breeze is asking residents in city limits to conserve water after a water line break. For more information visit their Facebook page

11 a.m.:

Whiting Field suspends operations

From the Public Affairs office at Whiting Field Naval Air Station:

NAS Whiting Field at Condition of Readiness 1 due to Hurricane Sally

MILTON, FLA.—Due to inclement weather from Hurricane Sally, Naval Air Station Whiting Field has suspended normal operations and will be in Condition of Readiness (COR I) as of Wednesday, Sept. 16. Only mission essential personnel are required to report for duty. COR I means that destructive force winds (50 mph) are forecasted within 12 hours.  No personnel evacuations have been ordered at this time. Aircraft from Training Air Wing FIVE have been hangered on board the installation or flown to a safe location.

Continue to monitor local news and the NAS Whiting Field Facebook page (@naswhitingfield) for updates. NAS Whiting Field personnel should connect with their supervisor for any questions or issues.

10:30 a.m. Portion Of Pensacola Bay Bridge Missing 

10:08 a.m. Update From Escambia County 

9 a.m.:

From Santa Rosa County:

  • “We are starting to see to see the impacts of the heavier eyewall cells that are coming through. We are seeing higher winds and heavier rainfall than we’ve seen in the last few hours. We are starting to see roadways flooding, more trees down and power lines down, so we’re asking everybody to please stay home. If you are home, we are seeing increased water levels in the bays, so if you are trapped in your house and the water is rising please call 911. Other than that we ask you to please stay home. Emergency vehicles are only responding to high water calls, due to the high wind and the excessive rain we are getting,” Brad Baker, public safety director. 
  • The county will still see several hours of high wind and heavy rains.
  • Do not travel to the beach. Conditions are very hazardous. Access to the beach is closed.
  • As winds die down, fire and EMS will be able to respond to calls based on priority.
  • Public works crews will begin to clear roads once the storm has passed.
  • A Flash Flood Emergency has been declared for Gulf Breeze, Holley-Navarre, Midway, Navarre Beach. Up to 20″ of rain have already fallen in those areas. A Flash Flood EMERGENCY is issued in EXCEEDINGLY RARE situations when extremely heavy rain is leading to a severe threat to human life and CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE from a flash flood is happening or will happen soon.
  • A Tornado Watch is in effect for all of Santa Rosa County until 6 p.m.
  • A Flash Flood Warning is in effect until 12:45 p.m. Turn around, don’t drown!

8:30 a.m. 

Downtown Pensacola Under Water

8 a.m.

At 8 a.m., Mayor Heather Lindsay issued a Declaration of Emergency for the City of Milton.

With the arrival of Hurricane Sally, citizens should take all measures to protect themselves, their families, and their property. Hurricane Sally poses historical and life-threatening flooding, the full breath of which will not be known for 24-48 hours after the storm passes.  

7 a.m.

The Weather Channel at 7:20 a.m. reported 30 inches of rain has fallen at Pensacola Naval Air Station.

Main bridges closed

Three Mile Bridge, Garcon Point Bridge and the Navarre Causeway are closed. Bridges close when sustained tropical storm force winds are observed by FDOT or law enforcement officials. Bridges will reopen as winds subside.

6 a.m.

Okaloosa info points

Okaloosa County has set up a series of collection and information points throughout the county. At these points, residents and visitors will be able to get information and/or be transported to the shelter in Niceville by Okaloosa County Transit Buses.

These areas will be staffed by emergency medical personnel. 

The locations are:

  • South Fort Walton Beach: Bruner Middle School – 322 Holmes Boulevard
  • North Fort Walton Beach: Choctawhatchee High School – 110 Racetrack Road
  • East Fort Walton Beach: Uptown Station – 99 Eglin Parkway West
  • West Fort Walton Beach: Santa Rosa Mall – 300 Mary Esther Parkway

5 a.m. 

Escambia County/Santa Rosa County Road Closures

Click here for updates in Santa Rosa County. For Escambia County road closures, click here.
 

4 a.m. 

Okaloosa Road Closures 

MIRACLE STRIP PARKWAY is closed on all of Okaloosa Island due to flooding

EGLIN PARKWAY in SHALIMAR near peppers restaurant is closed due to flooding.

ANTIOCH ROAD AND ASHLEY DRIVE in CRESTVIEW is closed due to flooding.

STAY OFF THE ROADS IF AT ALL POSSIBLE. IF YOU SEE STANDING WATER ON A ROAD, TURN AROUND – DON’T DROWN. 

11:41 p.m. 

Hurricane Sally’s Winds Up To 90 mph/Tornado Warning For Escambia And Santa Rosa

Hurricane Sally is still a slow-moving storm moving at 2 mph, but winds have increased to 90 mph. Follow Florida Storms on Twitter for the latest. A tornado warning is in effect until 12:15 a.m. in Escambia and Santa Rosa County. 

Here is the 8 p.m. update from Santa Rosa County. There is important information for Escambia County residents as well:

  • Sally’s track shifted slightly east from the last advisory and the latest forecast brings the core of the hurricane across coastal Alabama Wednesday morning. There will be a long duration of tropical storm force winds.
  • The heaviest rainfall associated with the northern core of Sally is beginning to encroach upon the coast and will slowly move inland overnight. The threat for flooding rapidly increases tonight and continues into tomorrow, spreading inland.
  • Sustained tropical storm force winds are expected to spread inland tonight and continue into Wednesday morning. Gusts of 50-70 mph possible in Escambia/Santa Rosa Counties tonight into Wednesday morning. Tropical storm conditions may not subside until late Wednesday afternoon into the evening.  
  • A Tornado Watch is in effect for all of Santa Rosa County until 6 a.m.
  • A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for southeastern Santa Rosa County until 11:30 p.m. and for southwestern and central Santa Rosa County until 11:15 p.m. Turn around, don’t drown!

Schools across the Panhandle are closed

Shelters 

Pensacola Bay Center will open 8 p.m. Tuesday as a hurricane risk shelter. 

In Walton County, a shelter will be open at Freeport High School starting at 5 p.m. Anyone going to the shelter should bring their disaster supply kits and prepare to be self-sufficient. Dogs/cats are permitted. 

The Milton Community Center at 5629 Byrom St. is open as a shelter. Zone A and mobile home residents are encouraged to evacuate. Pets in a carrier with proof of vaccinations are allowed. 

Bring your own supplies. For more information, click here.

Escambia County:

5:45 p.m.

See the latest closures and cancelation from Escambia County here.

5 p.m.

Gulf Coast Veterans facilities to close Wednesday

BILOXI, Miss. – All Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System (GCVHCS) facilities will suspend operations through Wednesday due to inclement weather.

This includes the Biloxi VA Medical Center in Biloxi, Mississippi; the Joint Ambulatory Care Center (JACC) in Pensacola, Florida; the Mobile Community-based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Mobile, Alabama; the Eglin CBOC, in Eglin, Florida; and the Panama City Beach CBOC in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Veterans scheduled for an appointment during this time are advised that their appointments will be rescheduled. The GCVHCS will contact affected individuals as soon as possible to reschedule appointments and offer virtual care options such as VA Video Connect. Veterans are encouraged to request a VA Video Connect appointment if available. Veterans with questions or concerns are encouraged to call 228.523.5000.

The Biloxi VA Medical Center Emergency Room will remain open for extreme and urgent cases; however, all Veterans are encouraged not to travel during the impending weather event unless necessary. Veterans are encouraged to use local emergency services if warranted.

If you have any questions as to how YOUR care is affected please call 228.523.5000 or use My HealtheVet Secure Messaging to communicate online with your VA health care team.

4 p.m. 

Bridge Closures/Pensacola International Airport Ceases Operations

From FDOT:

Pensacola International Airport has suspended operations for all arriving and departing commercial aircraft.

The Pensacola Bay Bridge on U.S. 98 is closed to all traffic.

The Theo Baars Bridge (State Road (S.R.) 292/Gulf Beach Parkway) is closed due to high winds.

The U.S. 98 bridge over Perdido Bay is closed due to high winds.

U.S. 98 is closed at Paradise Lane due to flooding.

U.S. 98 from North 13th Avenue to Baybridge Drive is closed due to flooding.

S.R. 196 closed at East Romana Street due to flooding. 

3:30 p.m. First Judicial Courts Closed 

The First Judicial Circuit courts in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties will be closed Wednesday, September 16. Normal operations are expected to resume on Thursday.

3:18 p.m. update:

All offices, classes and activities at Pensacola State College will remain closed through Wednesday. PSC plans to reopen Thursday, but will monitor the weather and any storm-related issues and send additional alerts if plans change. Go to pensacolastate.edu for additional information. All maintenance and security personnel should contact their supervisors for instructions.

2 p.m. 

Tolls Suspended For Garcon Point Bridge

1:26 p.m.

Department of health

All offices of the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County will be closed Wednesday and are scheduled to reopen Thursday at the regular time.

1:14 p.m.

Community Health sites closed

Community Health Northwest Florida care sites, including administrative offices, will remain closed Wednesday.  Patients scheduled for appointments today and Wednesday are asked to call their provider’s office Thursday or Friday (or upon clinics re-opening) to reschedule appointments. 

12:57 p.m.

The Escambia County Tax Collector’s office will be closed Wednesday, due to the potential of severe weather from Hurricane Sally. The office anticipates reopening at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

11 a.m. 

City of Pensacola Road Closures 

For updates on Pensacola Road closures, use this link: https://bit.ly/3iuix4D

9 a.m. 

Pensacola Bay Bridge Closed as sustained wind have pushed past  39 mph. 

8 a.m. 
Escambia County is under a Hurricane Warning

A voluntary hurricane evacuation has been issued for Escambia County evacuation zone A. This area includes Perdido Key, Innerarity Point, Pensacola Beach and other low-lying areas. To look up your evacuation zone online, visit myescambia.com/knowyourzone.

The Pensacola Bay Center is open as a hurricane risk shelter. 

ECAT service suspended

Due to Hurricane Sally, ECAT (Escambia County Area Transit) will not run service Tuesday, Sept. 15. UWF Trolley service will be suspended Tuesday, Sept. 15 and Wednesday, Sept. 16. Riders may call 850-595-3228 beginning at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 with any questions related to this announcement.

Santa Rosa County

6:42 p.m.

6:45 p.m. 

Navarre Beach Causeway Closed

Navarre Beach Causeway is closed, SRSO is monitoring the foot of the bridge. For more road closures in Santa Rosa County, click here.

5:45 p.m. 

Garcon Point Bridge Closed

2:52 p.m. update:

  • A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for Santa Rosa County.
  • A Storm Surge Warning remains in effect for coastal portions of the western Florida Panhandle.  This includes Escambia and Pensacola bays. Surge values were slightly increased for western Florida panhandle where 3-5 feet is now possible.
  • Frequent tropical storm force gusts over the immediate coast this morning will gradually spread inland this afternoon into tonight. Sustained tropical storm force winds are increasingly likely, especially by tonight along the immediate coast and continue into Wednesday morning. Gusts of 50-70 mph possible in Escambia/Santa Rosa Counties tonight into Wednesday morning. 
  • Tropical storm conditions may not subside until late Wednesday afternoon/evening. 

HISTORIC FLOODING EVENT LIKELY

Locally up to 3 inches of rain is possible, especially in coastal Alabama and the western Florida panhandle. This will result in extreme life threatening and likely historic flooding.

The flood threat remains unchanged from the previous forecasts.

11:55 a.m.

10 a.m.

  • Sally’s track remains unchanged from the last advisory and the latest forecast brings the core of the hurricane near the Alabama and Mississippi state line.
  • A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for Santa Rosa County.
  • A Storm Surge Warning remains in effect for coastal portions of the western Florida panhandle. This includes Escambia and Pensacola bays.
  • There is still uncertainty in the track and additional shifts east are possible.
  • Surge forecast values of 2-4 ft for the western Florida panhandle are expected. Highest water levels on Tues. night through Wed., especially at high tides.
  • STAY OUT OF THE GULF! No lifeguards are on duty due to dangerous surf conditions. If you get in the water, NO ONE IS COMING TO RESCUE YOU. Navarre Beach live web cam – www.navarrebeachlife.com/live-hd-1080-zoom-cam.
  • HISTORIC FLOODING EVENT LIKELY — Locally up to 30” of rain is possible in the western Florida panhandle will result in extreme life threatening and likely historic flooding. 

Milton Community Center, 5629 Byrom St. in Milton, will open as a shelter tonight at 7 p.m. No preregistration is required. There are no evacuation orders at this time, however residents in low-lying areas and mobile homes are encouraged to seek safer shelter. The shelter is pet-friendly. Bring pet(s) in a carrier with proof of vaccinations and all pet food and supplies including water, leashes and/or litter boxes with litter. Bring COVID supplies for you and your family or they will be provided for you. Masks are required. Shelters are usually uncomfortable. Meals are not provided.

Budget hearing postponed

Today’s FY21 tentative budget and MSBU public hearing will be rescheduled due to Hurricane Sally. 
 
An interactive agenda with backup supporting documents is available online as well as the updated FY21 tentative budget document.

Okaloosa/Walton County 

4 p.m.

City of Destin Facilities Closed Through Sept. 16

City of Destin is at minimum staffing levels with adequate essential personnel on-duty and/or on-call to respond to most situations. Sand is still available to the public at the City of Destin Public Services Maintenance Facility, located at 3949 Commons Drive. The city will provide sandbags on a first come, first serve basis. 

Okaloosa County Transit Will End 5 p.m. Today

Okaloosa County transit will end at 5 p.m. for fixed route and paratransit. Other chnages to Okaloosa County services are below:

1. Okaloosa County residential customers with garbage collection on Wednesday, September 16 will be collected on Saturday, September 19.

2. Okaloosa County Yard Waste and Bulk collection scheduled for Wednesday, September 16 will be collected on Saturday, September 19.

3. Okaloosa County Recycle Collection scheduled for Wednesday, September 16 will be collected on Saturday, September 19.

4. All Commercial routes scheduled for Wednesday, September 16 will be collected on Thursday, September 17.

5. The South Okaloosa County Transfer Station will be closed on September 16 and will reopen on Thursday, September 17.

3:30 p.m. 

Standing Water On U.S. 231

Per FDOT: Standing water on the SB outside lane on U.S. 231 just south of Chat Holley Road. Slow down in the area. Use alternate routes if possible.

Old River Road Closed In Baker

Old River Road at Cotton Creek Bridge is closed due to tree down across power line.

3 p.m. Fort Walton Beach Facilities/Programs Canceled

As the weather from Hurricane Sally continues to deteriorate, and in coordination with Okaloosa County, all non-essential City of Fort Walton Beach facilities will be closed and programs canceled for Wednesday, September 16. Tonight’s City Council Meeting is rescheduled to Sept. 22. 

1 p.m. 

View Of Okaloosa Island

11 a.m. 

No bridge closures for Okaloosa or Walton County. For updates, make sure to visit alertokaloosa.com/

9 a.m. 

Sandbag Distribtion Sites 

• 1759 North Ferdon Boulevard in Crestview

• 24/7 at 714 Essex Road in Fort Walton Beach.

Source: wuwf.org

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