Walton County ARES Assists in Hurricane Relief
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Latest advisory on Matthew from National Hurricane Center
HURRICANE MATTHEW ADVISORY NUMBER 38
Scott says Hurricane 'Is Going to Kill People'
With the first feeder bands from powerful Hurricane Matthew sweeping Thursday morning across …
Local Missionaries Stuck in Haiti
U-S officials are urging Americans to leave the Caribbean islands as the strongest Atlantic …
Hurricane Matthew, Still a Dangerous Cat 4 moves north
Hurricane Matthew remains an intense Category 4 storm this morning and continues to move north the …
Hurricane Hermine moves through Florida Gulf Coast
Hurricane Hermine made landfall near St. Marks in Wakulla Co. around 1 AM ET Thursday night.
Gulf Coast Jam canceled all weekend
In an abundance of caution, as Tropical Storm Hermine approaches the Florida Gulf Coast, Panama …
Area businesses closing due to Hermine
Several area businesses have announced their closing due to Tropical Storm Hermine.
Governor Scott stops by Bay County Emergency Operations Center to talk…
Wednesday afternoon Governor Rick Scott stopped by the Bay County Emergency Operations Center …
High school football schedule changes due to TS Hermine
Here's the latest on high school sports changes due to the impending storm.
Franklin County EOC issues mandatory evacuation
Franklin County officials have issued a Mandatory Evacuation Notice.
Gulf County closing school Thursday, other decisions expected this afternoon
Gulf County Schools will be closed Thursday. Franklin and Bay officials said at Noon that they were…
Tropical Depression 9 strengthens
Tropical Depression 9 is looking healthier as we start the day.
Tropical Depression 9 could be a tropical storm by Monday night
Tropical Depression 9 is moving into the southeast Gulf this morning.
Tropical Storm Colin expected to hit the Panhandle
Tropical Storm Colin has formed in the southern Gulf near the Yucatan Peninsula this morning. This …
Understanding the difference between National Weather Service watches and warnings is critical to being prepared for any dangerous weather hazard, including hurricanes.
A watch lets you know that weather conditions are favorable for a hazard to occur. It literally means "be on guard!" During a weather watch, gather awareness of the specific threat and prepare for action - monitor the weather to find out if severe weather conditions have deteriorated and discuss your protective action plans with your family.
A warning requires immediate action. This means a weather hazard is imminent - it is either occurring (a tornado has been spotted, for example) - or it is about to occur at any moment. During a weather warning, it is important to take action: grab the emergency kit you have prepared in advance and head to safety immediately. Both watches and warnings are important, but warnings are more urgent.
Hurricane / Tropical Storm Alerts
- Tropical Storm Watch: An announcement that tropical-storm conditions are possible within the specified area.
- Hurricane Watch: An announcement that hurricane conditions are possible within the specified area.
Because outside preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force,watches are issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.
Action: During a watch, prepare your home and review your plan for evacuation in case a Hurricane or Tropical Storm Warning is issued. Listen closely to instructions from local officials.
- Tropical Storm Warning: An announcement that tropical-storm conditions are expected within the specified area.
- Hurricane Warning: An announcement that hurricane conditions are expected within the specified area.
Because outside preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force,warnings are issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.
Action: During a warning, complete storm preparations and immediately leave the threatened area if directed by local officials.
- Extreme Wind Warning - Extreme sustained winds of a major hurricane (115 mph or greater), usually associated with the eyewall, are expected to begin within an hour.
Action: Take immediate shelter in the interior portion of a well-built structure.
Other Useful Links:
- Gulf Power Power Outage Map
- National Hurricane Center
- Florida Division of Emergency Management
- Family Disaster Planning
- Disaster Supply Kit Checklist
- Florida 511- Traffic Information
- Florida Highway Patrol- Traffic Information
- 2011 Florida Severe Weather Awareness Guide
- Enter Your Emergency Contact Information
- Storm Surge Maps and Evacuation Routes
- American Red Cross- Central Panhandle Chapter