Here is a list of closures, shelters opening and evacuation information

 

8:20 p.m.

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will resume full operations beginning Thursday morning at 7 a.m. The hospital sustained only minor water damage during the hurricane.

Sacred Heart Medical Group physician offices in Okaloosa and Walton County will reopen on Thursday by noon. Sacred Heart Rehabilitation offices will resume normal hours on Friday.

Facilities teams are still assessing damage to Medical Group offices in Bay, Gulf, and Franklin counties. No decision has been made yet on when they can be reopened.

8:00 p.m.

The Clyde B. Wells Bride (Highway 331) in Walton County is re-opened.

6:30 p.m.

The evacuation order for Okaloosa County is no longer in effect. As residents return to their homes, they are asked to exercise caution and be aware of potential water hazards on Highway 98. Okaloosa Island water infrastructure is fully operational and there are no boil water notices for Okaloosa County Water and Sewer customers.

The following roadways and bridges remain closed:

Meigs Road in Shalimar Clyde B. Wells Bridge (US Highway 331-Walton County)

Okaloosa County Administration offices, to include court services, will be closed on Thursday.

 

6:05 p.m.

The Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce Community Perspectives Meeting/Half-Cent Surtax Forum originally scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday has been canceled. The Chamber will reschedule it for a later time. The Thursday Nothing But Networking event has also been canceled, and the Chamber will announce a new date after coordination with caterers and venue. 

 

5:45 p.m.

After reopening for about an hour, the Clyde B. Wells Bride (Highway 331) is closed again due to wind speeds picking back up.

The curfew south of the Choctawhathee Bay has been lifted.

 

4:40 p.m.

There is standing water on Emerald Coast Parkway westbound, between Kelly Plantation and Henderson Beach Drive in Destin. Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office asks drivers to use caution.

 

4:30 p.m.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System's outpatient clinics in Panama City Beach and near Eglin Air Force Base will remain closed until further notice, as VA officials assess the damage caused by Hurricane Michael's landfall. The Joint Ambulatory Care Center in Pensacola is scheduled to re-open on Thursday at noon.

 

4:20 p.m.

The University of West Florida Pensacola campus will reopen Thursday. The UWF Emerald Coast campus remains closed.

 

3:40 p.m.

City of Destin offices and facilities will remain closed Thursday. Emergency management and essential personnel will report Thursday to begin damage assessments. Normal city operations will resume Friday.

 

3:10 p.m.

The Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections will remain closed Thursday and plan to reopen on Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Per Directive 2018-03 from Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, both office locations will be able to accept hard-copy voter registration applications only until 5 p.m. Friday.


2:40 p.m.

City of Destin offices and facilities will remain closed Thursday, Oct. 11. Emergency management and essential personnel will report Thursday to begin damage assessments. Normal city operations will resume Friday, Oct. 12.

 

2:30 p.m.

•Santa Rosa County Emergency Operations Center is currently at a Level 2 and will return to its usual Level 3 as soon as shelters close. Improvements in the weather will allow the shelters to close as soon as winds subside late this afternoon.

• Lifeguards will return to Santa Rosa county beaches Thursday for regular hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• The pier in Santa Rosa county will reopen Thursday after it is inspected.

• NAS Whiting Field medical clinic and pharmacy will reopen Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 a.m.

• Health Department locations in Santa Rosa County will resume services at regular times Thursday, Oct. 11.

• Garcon Point Bridge and the Navarre Causeway have both reopened after being closed a short while due to tropical storm force winds.

 

2:20 p.m.

Santa Rosa District Schools will resume normal operations with schools opening on Thursday, October 11.  Below are a few reminders for reopening school:

•Great attention should be given as we travel as some roads may be affected by Hurricane Michael.
•Bus transportation will resume and delays can be expected due to road closures.
•Parents who have evacuated should notify schools of their child's absence.
•Employees should report to their work site and resume normal schedule.

 

2:00 p.m.

All Holmes County first responders have been directed to find a safe location to shelter themselves and their vehicles.  Until further notice, first responders with the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office are in local shelters and will not respond until the storm passes. Likewise, emergency response for all fire, EMS and other law enforcement has been suspended with limited exceptions. Residents experiencing a true emergency should continue to call 911, and units will respond as soon as conditions allow. Response will be prioritized based on the severity of the emergency. The Holmes County Citizen Hotline, (850)-547-1112, is open for all non-emergency calls, questions and requests for assistance. County emergency managers are in constant contact with state officials, and the state has promised to assist Holmes County with any resources it may need to respond to local emergencies.

 

1:40 p.m.

The Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) plans to open Thursday, Oct 11 at 4 a.m. to prepare for mid-morning scheduled airline operations. Destin Executive Airport (DTS) & Bob Sikes Airport (CEW) plan to open Oct 11 by 8 a.m. Please check directly with your airline for all flight information.

 

1:25 p.m.

• Hurlburt Field will remain at limited operations on Thursday in order to conduct damage assessments and restore any needed essential services. Personnel associated with recovery operations, including facility managers, are authorized to return to base after noon on Thursday, unless otherwise notified. Once it is determined that safe operations can be accomplished, commanders and directors will notify additional personnel as needed to restore operations.

The goal for Thursday is to prepare the base for full normal operations on Friday. Administrative leave is still authorized on Thursday in accordance with previous guidelines. All services will be closed Thursday, to include: fitness centers, CDCs, AAFES, commissary, and the medical group. The Reef Dining Facility will be open during normal hours. The Riptide DFAC will remain closed.

• Eglin Air Force Base will remain limited operations on Thursday to conduct damage assessments and restorations of essential services. Personnel associated with recovery operations including facility managers are authorized to return to base locations after noon on Thursday (unless otherwise notified). Once it is determined that safe operations can be accomplished, commanders/directors will notify additional personnel as needed to restore operations with the goal of normal operations on Friday.

Administrative leave is still authorized on Thursday in accordance with previous guidelines. Expect no services at Eglin on Thursday. (Medical, CDC, BX, Commissary, etc.)

 

1:20 p.m.

Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) plans to open 4 a.m. Thursday to prepare for mid-morning scheduled airline operations. Check directly with your airline for all flight information. Destin Executive Airport (DTS) and Bob Sikes Airport (CEW) plan to open by 8 a.m. Thursday.

 

1:10 p.m.

Courts in Okaloosa County and Walton County will be closed on Thursday.

Okaloosa County:

Judge Flowers’ criminal jury trial scheduled for Thursday and Friday will be rescheduled for Friday and Saturday. Judge Mason’s jury pre-trials will be rescheduled for October 24. Judge Brown’s miscellaneous criminal matters scheduled for Thursday will be continued. Child Support hearings will be continued. Notices will be sent out to all parties. First Appearance hearings/Shelter hearings/Detention hearings will be held at the Okaloosa County Courthouse Annex Extension by video on Thursday at 9 a.m.

 

Walton County:

All misdemeanor and traffic infraction hearings set for Thursday have been rescheduled for Oct. 25 at the same times originally scheduled.

 

1:00 p.m.

Garcon Point Bridge and the Navarre Causeway have closed due to wind conditions and will reopen as soon as sustained winds return to under 39 mph.

 

12:50 p.m.

Okaloosa County has decided to close business offices again on Thursday. The county is still maintaining staffing at the Emergency Operation Center, and many employees are needed to attend to disaster recovery efforts within their departments.

 

12:35 p.m.

Okaloosa County staff have isolated the water valve which connected the water system of Okaloosa Island and the rest of the county’s water and sewer infrastructure. This means residents who stayed on the island ahead of Hurricane Michael will now rely on the tanks located on the island.

These tanks are pressurized and county officials believe the tanks will provide between 24 and 36 hours of clean drinking water. After this time, the county will post a boil water notice for the island’s water consumers. The county is asking people on the island to conserve water to the greatest extent possible.

 

10:50 a.m.

Walton County Fire Rescue has suspended ambulance service until further notice.

 

10:35 a.m.

• All Bay County bridges are closed and a shelter in place order has been initiated.

• The special needs shelter at Freeport High School is at capacity. Those with special needs are asked to evacuate to the shelter at Walton High School in DeFuniak Springs.

 

10:25 a.m.

The Clyde B. Well Bridge (Highway 331) is closed.

 

10:00 a.m.

On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott activated the Florida Disaster Fund to support individuals who are impacted by Hurricane Michael. The Florida Disaster Fund helps provide financial support to Florida’s communities in times of disaster. To make a contribution, visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org or text DISASTER to 20222 to make a one-time donation of $10.

 

 

9:35 a.m.

Northwest Florida State College will remain closed Thursday for administration to inspect facilities and ensure they are safe for students and personnel to return.

 

9:10 a.m.

Port Panama City and Port Pensacola are closed.

 

8:40 a.m.

• Walton County opened a second general population shelter at Walton High School in DeFuniak Springs after Hurricane Michael upgraded to a Category 4 storm.

• Destin ER (200 Tequesta Dr, Destin) is closed.

• Eglin AFB Hospital and ER (307 Boatner Rd, Eglin AFB) are closed.

• Sacred Heart Hospital (7800 US-98, Miramar Beach) ER is open; however, the hospital is not accepting inpatient admissions at this time.

• Okaloosa County Schools will be closed Thursday.

• Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Destin Executive and Bob Sikes (Crestview) Airports are closed.

• Shalimar Drive at Plew Avenue intersection is closed.

• The Greyhound bus station is closed.

• The courts of the First Judicial Circuit in Walton County will remain closed Thursday.