WCSO & EOC October 10th, 2018 6:00 AM Update on Hurricane Michael
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 12 hours as a Major hurricane of Category 4 with wind speeds of around 140 mph. It is possible that the Hurricane Michael could strengthen even more. We expect sustained winds of 58 to 75 mph, with gusts up to 100 mph throughout Wakulla County. Current Storm surge levels are projected to be 10 to 13 feet, as a reference Dennis was about 10 feet.
We expect conditions to continue to deteriorate until the storm passes, leaving this area overnight on tonight or early Thursday morning. The Storm Surge has already started. We have already experienced moderate Storm Surge flooding and will continue to increase thru landfall on today. 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.
All residents should monitor conditions and take appropriate steps to protect life and property. Citizens should have completed all preparations and be in a safe place to ride out the storm.
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. There will be no shelters open in Wakulla County at this time. For the evacuees that cannot travel further, Leon County has Risk Shelters open to the public.
The sewer system in Ochlockonee Bay and Panacea was shutdown at 6:00 pm October 9th, in order to protect the system. If you are staying in these areas, please conserve your water usage in order to minimize the impact to the sewer system.
We still have posts manned by WCSO and FHP Officers at the following locations: Surf Rd, Buckhorn Creek, Hwy 363 & Hwy 98, Mashes Sands Rd, Spring Creek & Cutoff Rds, and the Y at Shell Point and Live Oak Island.
The following roads have been closed and are no longer passable: Riverside Drive, Mashes Sands, Surf Rd, Levy Bay Rd, Old Ft Rd, and Bottoms Rd.
Due to the arrival of deteriorating weather conditions we will no longer be able to provide shuttles to shelters.