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Hurricane Nate update #6
Saturday, Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m.
Local Watches and Warnings
  • Santa Rosa County is still under a hurricane watch, a tropical storm warning, a storm surge warning and a flash flood watch. The hurricane watch will likely be discontinued later this evening, per National Weather Service.
  • Nate remains a fast-moving Category 1 hurricane and is expected to make landfall around the Alabama/Mississippi state line near midnight. 
  • Strong winds do not extend much past the center of circulation. Conditions are expected improve tomorrow by late morning/early afternoon.
  • Tornado watches are still a possibility.
  • Nate will bring the potential for heavy rainfall through tomorrow morning. 
  • The flash flood watch remains in effect through tomorrow. Stay off the roads tonight.
  • Double red flags are flying on Navarre Beach. Stay OUT of the water. The high rip current risk will persist even after Hurricane Nate passes. Follow the flag warning system and always swim near a lifeguard.
Beach Road Closure
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore has closed 399 between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach.
  • Santa Rosa County does not anticipate issuing any curfew orders.

Santa Rosa County School District
  • Saturday evening events have been cancelled.
  • Santa Rosa County Schools will be in session on Monday.
Court System
  • First appearance hearings in Santa Rosa County on Sun., Oct. 8, have been rescheduled to 3 p.m.   
  • For news and announcements concerning the courts of the First Judicial Circuit, visit:
  • www.firstjudicialcircuit.org or follow us on Twitter @1stCircuitFL.
Storm Surge
  • Storm surge of three to four feet is expected over typically dry land in coastal areas.
  • ALL BRIDGES ARE OPEN at this time. Santa Rosa County works with law enforcement to close bridges for safety at sustained wind speeds (not gusts) typically of 39 mph or greater. There is no anticipated time if/when winds will reach that speed so there are NO SCHEDULED CLOSINGS OF BRIDGES IN SANTA ROSA COUNTY. We appreciate your help in getting that message out.
  • Please DO NOT drive around during the storm. If wind speeds or storm surge indicate roads or bridges should close, they will close for first responders as well.
  • County road or bridge closures will be posted at www.santarosa.fl.gov
  • For state road and interstate information, visit www.fl511.com.
  • Cash toll collections for Garcon Point Bridge will be managed through toll-by-plate to ensure the safety of toll collection staff. Cash-paying customers will be invoiced for tolls and NOT charged an administrative fee during that period. Cash collection is expected to resume at 5 a.m. Monday. Customers using SunPass and other transponders will not be affected.
  • Choctaw Field Rd. will close at noon today, due to possible storm surge and expected to reopen on Monday.
  • FDOT has suspended interstate and highway construction in Santa Rosa County through Sunday, Oct. 8 to allow for the possible increase in traffic. All rail, transit and seaport facilities are functioning as normal. All construction activities will resume Monday, Oct. 9.
  • Evacuations should have been completed by now.
  • A recommended evacuation order was issued Friday evening for Zone A based on storm surge, not wind or flooding. This affects all mobile homes, campgrounds, RV parks, and those living in low-lying areas. Check www.santarosa.fl.gov/knowyourzone to see if you are in Zone A. If you need assistance, call 805-983-4636 (INFO).
  • Residents and visitors in the affected area are encouraged to seek refuge on their own initiative and independently obtain safe accommodations, ideally with family or friends in a well-constructed home outside the evacuation zone(s).
  • An emergency shelter has opened at the Milton Community Center, 5629 Byrom Street, MiltonThis is a general population, special needs and pet-friendly shelter.
  • If you have special needs, you must be pre-registered in the Special Needs Registry. If you have not already registered, call (850) 983-5360.
  • If you need transportation assistance to a shelter, call (850) 983-4636. We will only provide transportation to this designated shelter.
  • Shelters are opened to ensure your safety. They are crowded and usually uncomfortable and should be used as a last resort.
  • You will need the following items:
    • Personal identification
    • A change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes
    • Toiletries and personal items
    • Blankets or sleeping bags
    • Special items for infants or elderly family members
    • Any special dietary needs and nonperishable foods for snacks
    • Battery operated radio, flashlights and spare batteries
    • Prescription medications or over-the-counter medications typically needed
    • Those with special needs must come with their own caregiver
  • If you are bringing a pet, you must bring the pet's food, water, medications, crate or leash, proof of vaccinations. You must stay at the shelter with your pet. You must also bring a shelter registration form and use agreement (download below):
Santa Rosa County BOCC Offices/Landfill
  • All Santa Rosa County offices and the Central Landfill should be open on Monday. Any change to Monday's schedule will be made on Sunday and shared through email to staff. 
Pensacola State College
  • The college will remain closed through Sunday, Oct. 8. All activities and classes, whether on campus or online, are canceled during this time. The college will resume normal operations, activities and class schedules on Monday, Oct. 9. 
Navarre Pier
  • Navarre Pier expects to reopen Sunday when it is safe to do so.
  • The Take a Kid Fishing event, Navarre Fishing Rodeo and Fish Navarre Weekend have been rescheduled (pending approval) for October 21 and 22. For more information, visit www.takeakidfishingnavarre.com or www.fishnavarreweekend.com.
Gulf Islands National Seashore:
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore is closed. 
General information
  • Citizens may call (850) 983-INFO (4636) with questions.
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  • Monitor trusted weather resources: National Hurricane Center.
  • More information is available in our latest all-hazards disaster guide online.
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