Hurricane Michael Information

Hurricane Michael Information

153129_5day_cone_no_line_and_windThe City of Fort Walton Beach would like to provide the following updates in relation to Hurricane Michael. Please continue to monitor the weather and news outlets for further updates.

SOLID WASTE PICKUP:

Normal solid waste and recycling service from the City of FWB will be provided on Monday, October 8, 2018 and Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

Please monitor the forecast for Hurricane Michael, and if the projected track and/or conditions change, an update for services will be provided.

SANDBAG STATIONS:

*Sand and bags available for City of FWB residents*

Location: City of FWB Maintenance Yard at 116 Hollywood Boulevard SW (located next to Volkswagen/Subaru dealership)

Available by 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 8, 2018 while supplies last (limit of 10 bags per resident per visit); please bring your own shovel or scoop

NOTE: This service is offered by the City of FWB to assist our residents with storm preparation. Please be courteous and DO NOT use the sand or bags for household projects or for any purpose other than storm preparation.

YARD WASTE INFORMATION:

City crews will be out by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, October 8, 2018 and Tuesday, October 9, 2018 to clear the rights-of-way of yard waste in anticipation of Hurricane Michael’s impact to the City.

  • Do not cut down trees or perform any major yard work.
  • Do not begin construction projects that produce debris.
  • Mass cutting places a tremendous burden on the normal collection process and there is not enough equipment or manpower to collect additional material once the storm conditions begin.
  • Do not place materials at the curb or take materials to the landfill or transfer facility during a Storm Watch or Warning period. Services may be suspended and facilities closed early to prepare for the storm.

POTENTIAL FLOOD IMPACT AREAS:

City of FWB streets that may be more susceptible to flooding during storm conditions:

  • Hughes Street NW from Beal Parkway to Eglin Parkway
  • Laurie Drive NE from Okaloosa Road NE to Hollywood Boulevard NE
  • Alexandria Place SE from 16 to 25 Alexandria Place SE
  • McGriff Street NE from Harbeson Avenue NE to 9 McGriff Street NE
  • Industrial Street NW from Robinwood Drive NW to Beal Parkway
  • Holmes Boulevard NW from Highland Drive NW to Rainbow Drive NW
  • Sullivan Street NW from Jonquil Avenue NW to Hooper Drive NW
  • Anchors Street NW from Blake Avenue NW to Forsman Drive NW
  • Walkedge Boat Ramp (Storm Surge Effects)
  • Bay Drive SE South of Brooks Street SE (Storm Surge Effects)

WATCHES & WARNINGS:

Currently, the City of Fort Walton Beach is under a Hurricane Watch, which means hurricane-force winds are possible within the next 48 hours.

Please monitor the local news media and the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) for updates on Tropical Storm Michael. Official tropical cyclone forecasts can be found at www.nhc.noaa.gov.

BRIDGE CLOSURES:

Local bridges are closed when the sustained winds reach 40 miles per hour. The determination to close bridges is made by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), and local law enforcement based on current conditions. Bridge closures could occur with little to no warning based on the fast-changing weather conditions.

STORM PREPARATIONS:

Please continue to monitor the City of Fort Walton Beach Public Information social media sites, local news outlets, and the National Weather Service for updates on Hurricane Michael. Be sure to have a fully-stocked disaster supply kit ready and a disaster plan prepared for you, your family, your pets, or your business. To create a plan, visit https://apps.floridadisaster.org/getaplan or http://www.ready.gov.