All residents should monitor conditions and take appropriate steps to protect life and property. Citizens should complete all preparations and be in a safe place to ride out the storm by dark this evening. Sandbags are available at the Sheriff’s office with a limit of 10 Sandbags per trip.
We have issued a Mandatory Evacuation order for Zone A and Mobile Homes and other weak structures in the remainder of Wakulla County. Zones B and C are under a voluntary evacuation order. Citizens that are evacuating should evacuate to an area outside of the storm’s path. Neighboring counties will also be in the storm’s path and will be at risk. There will be no shelters open in Wakulla County at this time.
Talquin Electric has notified us that they will begin to shutdown their electrical system in Shell Point beginning at 1:00 pm this afternoon, in order to protect their infrastructure.
The sewer system in Ochlockonee Bay and Panacea will be shutdown at 6:00 pm this evening, in order to protect the system. If you are staying in these areas, please conserve your water usage.
At this time, based on the current projected path and strength of Hurricane Michael, we are currently expecting a landfall just to the West of Wakulla County within the next 36 hours as a Major hurricane of Category 3 with wind speeds of between 115 and 125 mph. We expect sustained winds of 75 to 100 mph throughout Wakulla County. Current Storm surge levels are projected to be 8 to 12 feet, as a reference Dennis was about 10 feet.
We expect conditions to deteriorate overnight and continuing to get worse until the storm passes on Wednesday, leaving this area overnight on Wednesday or early Thursday morning. We expect the Storm Surge to start this evening and continue to increase thru landfall on Wednesday. This storm has the potential to be a historic storm please take heed. Citizens should monitor media outlets for additional information and any changes in the storms track.