Seminole County prepares for direct hit from Hurricane Michael

Seminole County Emergency Management Agency officials have planned for the worst, but they are hoping for the best as Hurricane Michael  approaches with all of its fury.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting the main impact for our area to be tropical storm force winds, possible tornadic activity, downed trees, and downed power lines.  On Wednesday, October 10th  winds are forecast for 58-75 mph sustained with gusts up to 95 mph,  along with at least five to seven  inches of rain. Timing for this event for Seminole County is from Wednesday mid afternoon through midnight Thursday night.

A county-wide mandatory curfew will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10 and will continue until 6 a.m. on the 11th.

Officials are encouraging all residents to make preparations for your family now; and to make sure you secure all outdoor furniture, trash cans, trampolines, and any other loose articles that could be blown away.

Residents are asked to check on their neighbors and others who are unable to prepare properly for this storm event.  Emergency crews may not be able to reach you due to high winds and debris in roadways.

For your safety and the safety of emergency personnel, please stay off the roads.  Please stay inside a reinforced building.

Only call 911 for life threatening emergencies. EMS will suspend response when winds reach 45 mph.

For non emergency assistance call 229-524-5115. Contact Donalsonville Hospital for respite care at 229-524-5217, ext. 210.

Closings

The Seminole County Courthouse and Transfer Station will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, Oct 10 and 11.  The  Seminole County Road Department will be operating as needed to secure property and prepare to respond following the storm. Donalsonville City Hall, Seminole County Schools and many local business will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday.

Motorists are reminded of the hazards of being on the roads during inclement weather that potentially includes high winds, flash flooding, the possibility of downed trees and possible road and bridge closures. If significant flooding occurs, the public is advised not to drive around barricades that are in place for motorists’ safety and to treat non-operational signals as a four-way stop.

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