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Evacuations

The EOC is returning to level 3 at 12 noon

Franklin County, Florida - August 28, 2012

The National Hurricane Center has discontinued the Tropical Storm warning for the area from Destin to the east.

From this information, EOC is lifting the Mandatory Evacuation order that is in place, at 11:00 AM today.

Due to the continued threat of dangerous high surf, 6 to 8 feet, we encourage all persons to be extremely diligent in their activities in and around the water.

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Wakulla County Will NOT Order Mandatory Evacuation

The National Weather Service revised and lowered the storm tide forecast to three to five feet and the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management has decided NOT to order a mandatory evacuation for areas of the county south of U.S. Highway 98 and U.S. Highway 319.

Original projections of storm surge from Tropical Storm Isaac had higher estimations along the coast. Emergency Management Director Scott Nelson said the storm surge will continue to be monitored closely.

Crawfordville Elementary School will open as a shelter at 2 p.m. today in the event that anyone from Wakulla or Franklin counties needs a place to go. Franklin County remains in the tropical storm winds model and does not have a shelter. The Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross manages the shelter.

“Citizens should monitor the storm and be prepared to evacuate if conditions change,” said Director Nelson. “This is certainly good news for the county.”

There are no Wakulla County office closures. Rain and wind are still expected to be weather factors however the threat from wind, flooding, storm surge and tornadoes has been reduced.

Wakulla County provided WCSO inmates with four truck loads of sand to fill sand bags and three of the four truck loads have already been converted to sand bags by inmates working through the weekend.

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Franklin County Issues Mandatory Evacuation Order for Barrier Islands

Franklin County, Florida- August 26, 2012

Franklin County is issuing a mandatory evacuation orders for all barrier islands (including St. George and Dog ), Alligator Point, Bald Point, St Teresa, mobile homes and all low-lying areas subject to tidal, coastal and river flooding due to Hurricane Isaac.

This order is effective Aug 27, 2012 starting at 8:00am

Pamela Brownell
Director

The morning briefing showed some strengthening, but tracking more in a NW direction. The storm is currently approximately 700 miles to the south, moving NW at 20 mph. From this projection, the possibility of hurricane strength winds for our area is decreasing. A hurricane watch is now in effect from Indian Pass to Louisiana, and a tropical storm warning from Indian Pass east to Bonita Beach. Isaac is expected to become a category 1 hurricane Monday. The storm surge for our area is expected to be in the 5 to 8 foot range, creating a mean high tide rise of 8 to 10 feet. We are expecting tropical storm winds in our area between 4 and 8 PM Monday. Wind speeds for the big bend region are expecting to decrease, but could possibly be at hurricane force along the coast. Rain fall totals have been lowered to the 10 to 12” levels.

If the projected tract continues as presently seen, a possible Mandatory Evacuation could be issued in the near future per the following order:

FRANKLIN COUNTY
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
28 Airport Road
Apalachicola, Florida 32320
(850) 653-8977, Fax (850) 653-3643
em3frank@gtcom.net


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