UPDATE: Because of deteriorating weather conditions due to Hurricane Michael, the Florida Highway Patrol has deemed the Hathaway Bridge as too dangerous to cross. It is now CLOSED.
Please do not attempt to get out onto Bay County roads. There is a shelter in place order for Bay County.
As Tropical Storm Michael heads for Northwest Florida Bay County officials said Monday that the method for closing bridges has changed.
Michael is expected to make landfall as a hurricane in Northwest Florida either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.
In the past, the bridges would close if wind speed reached a certain sustained mile per hour. But that is no longer the case, officials said.
“There are no set miles hour,” said Heather Kretzer, a public information officer with the Bay County Joint Information Center. “It will be up to law enforcement to determine if the bridges are safe to travel over.”
Several law enforcement agencies are teaming up to make sure all the bridges are safe, she added. Officials are also urging the public to get where they need to be before the storm makes landfall.
“If tropical storm force winds are sustained people should be sheltered in place,” Kretzer said. “They should not be on the roadways.”