North Santa Rosa

Tropical Storm Debby Update #1


Tropical Storm Debby Update #1

Santa Rosa County Emergency Management is currently monitoring and preparing for any possible effects from Tropical Storm Debby. While the emergency operation center is not activated at this time, staff are continuing to watch the system closely and participating in conference calls with the National Weather Service and State Emergency Operations Center.  Residents are urged to monitor local media for the most up-to-date forecast and local emergency management information.


Storm Information as Currently Forecasted by the National Weather Service

  • Santa Rosa County is currently under a Tropical Storm Warning. Tropical storm force gusts are possible along the coast Sunday morning. The winds are not expected to be constant or to reach into the inland areas.
  • Thunderstorms are likely for at least the next three days.
  • Minor beach erosion may occur.
  • Given the recent heavy rains in the area, the thresholds for flooding are lower than normal.

 Road Closure

  • The National Park Service has closed J Earl Bowden Way, between Pensacola Beach and NavarreBeach, due to concerns about coastal flooding from Tropical Storm Debby. The detour is U.S. Hwy. 98.

 Steps Residents Can Take Now

  • Beachgoers, swimmers and surfers should heed red flag warnings and stay out of the water as deadly rip currents and rough surf conditions are expected.
  • Review your family disaster plan. Don’t forget special plans for elderly, handicapped, children and pets.
  • Know your evacuation zone. Remember, evacuation zones are now A-E. Use the interactive evacuation zone tool found at by typing in your address to see what zone you live in.
  • Make plans to secure your property. Check for, fix or remove loose items on your structures/homes.Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed. Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and down spouts.
  • Make sure your hurricane kit contains non-perishable food, water, medications for three to five days for each family member and pet.
  • Know what low-lying areas near your home are subject to flooding such as creeks, drainage channels, streams and bayous.
  • Santa Rosa County Division of Emergency Management’s latest all-hazards disaster guide is now available online at or at county offices and libraries, local chambers of commerce, and local retailers. 



Posted by on Jun 24 2012. Filed under Local. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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