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Franklin County Emergency Management

28 Airport Rd
Apalachicola FL 32320

10/08/2018 6:00 P.M update

Tropical Storm Michael Update

Franklin County Emergency Management is activated to a Level 1 Activation Hurricane Weather Update:
 Michael is now a hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.
 Expected to strengthen into a hurricane later today. Additional strengthening is likely, and Michael is
expected to be a major hurricane at landfall.
 Confidence continues to increase in significant impacts across the area.
 Hurricane watches are in effect across much of the region. Tropical storm watches are in effect for
inland areas across Southeast Alabama and portions of South Central Georgia.
 Hurricane warnings have been posted for the Northern Florida Gulf Coast.
 Tropical storm conditions could begin along the coast as soon as Tuesday evening in the Panhandle and
into Southwestern Georgia by daybreak Wednesday. Hurricane conditions could begin as early as
Wednesday midday.
 There’s a near certainty of tropical storm conditions for points west of Interstate 75.
 Significant and life-threatening storm surge is possible with Michael especially in Apalachee Bay.
Timing: Storm surge inundation could begin as early as Tuesday night, peaking on Wednesday.

Florida Panhandle: 4 to 6 feet above ground.

Gulf County through Franklin County 6 to 9 feet above ground (Approximately 11 feet surge)
Wakulla County through Taylor County 9 to 11 feet above ground.
Dixie County 6 to 9 feet above ground.
Locally heavy rainfall could cause flash flooding beginning Wednesday.

There is a 2 in 3 chance of hurricane conditions along the coast for points between Panama City and
There is a 2 in 5 chance of hurricane conditions for points inland across the Eastern Florida Panhandle,
Western Florida Big Bend, and Southeast Alabama.
There is a 2 in 10 chance of hurricane conditions in the Suwannee River Valley.
Probabilities for hurricane conditions will likely increase further in the Florida Panhandle.
 Strong winds are expected to lead to downed trees, resulting in widespread, prolonged power outages.
 Prepare for at least sustained hurricane force winds across the region. Strongest winds expected near the
 Damage to coastal structures and beach erosion due to large battering waves likely.
 Possible high risk of life threatening rip currents.
 Secure all outdoor items such as chairs, grills, garbage cans and umbrellas that can move in the
event of high winds.
 Main threat of tornadoes would be beginning Wednesday and continuing into Thursday.
 Be mindful of bayside docks that may have power for lighting and boat lifts including water lines, please
prepare them for a hurricane.
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Office Closures
All Franklin County Schools are Closed beginning Tuesday, 10/09/2018 through Friday 10/12/2018, expected
to resume classes on Monday, 10/15/2018 at 7:30 AM.

City of Apalachicola Office, Franklin County Offices, and City of Carrabelle will be CLOSED on Tuesday,
10/09/2018 through Thursday, 10/11/2018, reopen planned for Friday, 10/12/2018.

Centennial Bank on St George Island will be closing the SGI Branch Tuesday and Wednesday, will be making
decisions on other branches at 4:00 PM today.

Peoples First Bank in Apalachicola will be open on Tuesday, 10/19/2018 until noon, reopen pending the passing
of Hurricane Michael.

Harry A’s on St George Island has closed today, pending passing of Hurricane Michael.

Paddy’s & Sparks Grocery plan to close today, pending passing of Hurricane Michael.

Piggly Wiggly Express plans to close for Tuesday and Wednesday, pending passing of Hurricane Michael.
They are expecting another 4000 gallons of gas to be delivered today along with ice for their coolers.

Doc Myers, has closed for this afternoon, pending reopening with passing of Hurricane Michael.

All Management Companies are busy preparing their rental homes for Hurricane Michael, securing garbage
cans, pool and deck furniture, etc.

Franklin County Emergency Management, issued a mandatory evacuation earlier today for non-residents of
Franklin County.
A Mandatory Evacuation is being issued for Tuesday, 10/09/2018 beginning at 8:00 AM for Franklin County
residents and businesses. It is important for everyone to plan to leave the area. The bridge for the island will
close with sustained winds of 40 mph, which will be monitored closely by the Highway Patrol. There will be
an officer staged at the East Point side of the island bridge.

RESIDENTS CAN GO TO WWW.FLORIDADISASTER.ORG and click the shelter link for up to date

Honeyville Community Center in Wewahitchka will open at 10:00 AM EST on Tuesday, 10/09/2018, this is a
small shelter for General Population.
Jackson County Marianna High School is mobilizing, this is a small shelter for General Population and Special
Walton County Freeport High School is mobilizing, this shelter is for General Population, Pet Friendly and can
also handle Special Needs, capacity for shelter is 2000

We will send a new update when new information becomes available.