After this morning's meeting at the Walton County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), the following information was released:
-There are no reported power outages in Walton County at this time.
-There are two reported areas of flooding which have receded.
-The Clyde B Wells/331 Bridge is still open and we do not anticipate a closure. We will continue to monitor the weather conditions.
-Currently, there are three damage assessment teams on the ground throughout the county. A report is expected later this morning.
-Waste Management is on a regular schedule and is not foreseeing any delays in service.
-County Offices are currently open with the exception of the Tourist Development Counsel (TDC).
-As of the update, the Walton County Beaches, Gulf, and Beach Accesses remain closed. Double red flags are still flying. Conditions will be reassessed throughout the day.
Current weather forecasts are as follows:
-Walton County remains under a tropical storm warning.
-Anticipated 30-40 mph winds, with gusts up to 50 mph.
-Moderate beach erosion expected, with 2-3 ft. storm surge. Peak tide average of 3-5 ft. The surge peak will begin at 9 a.m. and will end at approximately 9 p.m.
-Anticipate at least 4 inches of rain with isolated totals of 6.5 inches in some coastal areas.
-We can’t rule out isolated chances of tornadoes this afternoon and Wednesday.
-All river flood and flash flood watches have been discontinued.
“When the storm first formed, the point of impact for Tropical Storm Isaac was directly aimed at Walton County. As in most situations, things remain fluid,” said Director of Emergency Management, Major Joe Preston. “However, the one constant was the dedication, effort, and professionalism of each of our ESF partners and the support from County government as it related to Public Safety.”