The following statement is from the Bay County Emergency Operations Center.
The Bay County Emergency Operations Center is currently monitoring Tropical Storm Karen for potential impacts to our area.
Karen’s forward progress has slowed and impacts from this weather system have been pushed later into Sunday afternoon or evening.
Tropical Storm Karen has weakened and landfall is predicted somewhere between Pensacola and Mobile. The Bay County Board of County Commissioners, along with Bay District Schools, the American Red Cross and the Bay County Health Unit remain prepared to open shelters if needed.
First Responders have been placed on stand-by for extra duty and all Emergency Support Agencies are in place for this event. Currently the EOC outlook shows a weather event affecting our area but there are no immediate plans for any evacuations, closures, shelter openings or other more aggressive protective measures.
Citizens are encouraged to monitor this storm closely for any changes and stay tuned to local media for further information. Citizens should have freshwater and non-perishable food in storage for hurricane season.
Motorists should make sure their vehicles are full of fuel and families should have communication plans in place should a storm strike our area. Visit the American Red Cross at redcross.org and be prepared.