Okaloosa County, Fla. – Okaloosa County warning has been downgraded to a tropical storm warning, as issued by the National Hurricane Center at 5:00 p.m. Isaac is expected to make landfall in Louisiana. At this time, Okaloosa County can expect a moderate impact with tropical force winds, possible tornadoes, heavy rain, rough surf and rip tides. Please stay tuned to local television channels, radio and newspapers for updates, and visit our website at www.okaloosafl.com. Other updates at this time include:
• Closings Tuesday, August 28: Okaloosa County Schools, City of Fort Walton Beach offices, Destin Library & Community Center, & Okaloosa County offices will close. Essential personnel will report.
• Additional Closings: Property Appraiser, Tax Collector, Supervisor of Elections, Okaloosa Co. Courts, One Stop/Jobs Plus, Destin Commons.
• Shelters are not open, however are on standby if needed.
• Regular sanitation collections. Destin will have an additional debris pick up following storm on Friday, Aug. 31 and Fort Walton asks that no yard waste be put out until storm passes.
• All residents and visitors south of Highway 98, on low lying barrier islands, and all residents living in mobile homes, are under voluntary evacuation beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 27. Mandatory evacuation may be called if conditions worsen.
• Sandbags will be available at Public Works north (Hwy. 85) and south (Ready Ave.) beginning Monday, from 7:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Supplies provided to individually fill the bags. Fort Walton Beach residents, call 833-9565 for sandbags.
• VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System (VAGCVHCS) will close the outpatient clinics in Biloxi, Miss., Eglin, Panama City, and the Joint Ambulatory Care Center in Florida on Tuesday and Wednesday.
• The 911 Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains activated at a Level 2, which means Public Safety officials continue to monitor conditions and will provide regular updates. At this time, we do not expect to go into full activation.
• Joe’s Bayou Boat Ramp fees are temporarily suspended by the city of Destin.
• No ban on alcohol at this time.
• There are no road or bridge closures at this time.
- Airports update: The Northwest Florida Regional Airport Terminal and terminal services will remain open today and tomorrow
- All airline arrivals and departures scheduled for today, this evening and tomorrow morning will operate as normal
- Passengers can check with their individual airline for specific flight information
- Passengers can check our live Flight Information Display System (FIDS) at www.flyvps.com
- Individual flights may be delayed by weather
- All rental car services are open today and tomorrow
- Airlines are allowing passengers to change their flights without additional fees due to the storm. Customers should contact their airline directly for details (See below.)
- Bob Sikes Airport (CEW) and Destin Airport (DTS) remain open today and tomorrow
American www.aa.com or (800) 433-7300
United www.united.com or (800) 864-8331
Delta Airlines www.delta.com or (800) 221-1212
US Airways www.usairways.com or (800) 428-4322
Follow us at OKALOOSAEOC on Twitter, and find us on Facebook at Okaloosa County Public Safety. For more information call the Citizens Information Line at 311, within the county. Florida Emergency Information Line (FEIL), a hotline for residents to obtain accurate, up-to-date information about Isaac. The FEIL will be available from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. The toll-free number is (800) 342-3557. Hearing-impaired persons may call the Florida Telecommunications Relay at (800) 226-4329.