Hurricane Michael: 3:00 pm Update

Decatur County EMA Update

HURRICANE MICHAEL HAS MADE LANDFALL NEAR MEXICO BEACH, FLORIDA. IT IS STILL A STRONG CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS CALLING MICHAEL A “HISTORIC STORM.”

THIS IS STILL AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS STORM.

THE WINDOW FOR EVACUATION HAS CLOSED. AT THIS POINT, YOU SHOULD SHELTER IN PLACE.
• GO TO AN INTERIOR ROOM WITHOUT WINDOWS.
• DO NOT GO OUTSIDE IF POWER LINES ARE DOWN.
• CONDITIONS ARE GOING TO QUICKLY DETERIORATE FROM THIS POINT.
• 74+ MPH WINDS WITH HIGHER GUSTS UP TO 100 MPH ARE EXPECTED AND SHOULD BEGIN ENTERING OUR COUNTY ABOUT 5:00 PM.
• TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS SHOULD EXIT OUR AREA IN THE EARLY HOURS THURSDAY MORNING.
• DECATUR COUNTY IS UNDER A TORNADO WATCH UNTIL 2:00 AM.
• THIS IS A SERIOUS STORM. TAKE PRECAUTIONS NOW.
• FIRE AND EMS VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RESPOND ONCE SUSTAINED WINDS REACH 45 MPH.
• RESCUE MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME DUE TO BLOCKED ROADWAYS, DOWNED POWER LINES AND TREES.
• DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS NO LONGER CLEARING ROADWAYS UNTIL AFTER THE STORM IS THROUGH.
• LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRE AND EMS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RESPOND ONCE WINDS REACH 45 MPH.
• STAY INDOORS.
• TOWN OF BRINSON IS OUT OF POWER UNTIL AFTER THE STORM. CREWS ARE UNABLE TO WORK ON LINES DUE TO WINDS.
• WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES ARE ALREADY OCCURING.

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