Hurricane Sally: Live Updates

9 hours ago

Sept. 25

11:12 a.m.

Business Recovery Center

As a result of Hurricane Sally, the Florida Small Business Development Center has been asked to open Business Recovery Centers in order to assist area businesses with applying for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans.

Florida SBDC at UWF - Business Recovery Centers:

  • Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce – Leslie Nguyen
    15500 Perdido Key Dr.
    Pensacola, FL 32507
  • Florida SBDC at UWF (SCI Building) – Jenny Kunz
    220 W. Garden St. Suite 301
    Pensacola, FL 32502
  • Florida SBDC at UWF (UWF Building 8) – Brooke Gaskell
    9999 University Parkway
    Pensacola, FL 32514
  • Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church – Christa Wilson
    75 Fairpoint Dr.
    Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
  • Santa Rosa County Economic Development – John Emsing
    6491 Caroline St. #4
    Milton, FL 32570
  • Florida SBDC at UWF (Synovus Bank) – Bryan Mills
    815 Beal Parkway NW, Suite A
    Fort Walton Beach, FL 32566

10:24 a.m.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is providing an update on state road and bridge closures and restrictions in Northwest Florida due to Hurricane Sally. 

Escambia County

  • The Pensacola Bay Bridge on U.S. 98 is closed to all traffic.

 Santa Rosa County

  •  Garcon Point Bridge (S.R. 281) traffic restrictions have been lifted and is open to all traffic.
  •  S.R. 89 is closed at the Alabama State line due to road damage in Alabama.

Jackson County

  •  State Road (S.R.) 166 (Caverns Road) from Russell Road to S.R. 71 is closed due to flooding. 
  •  The outside eastbound lane of U.S. 90 from east of the Chipola River Bridge to Old U.S. Road is closed due to shoulder erosion. 

Motorists are encouraged to monitor weather reports and road conditions and to be on the lookout for flooded roads. If the road ahead is flooded, turn around and find an alternate route.

10:19 a.m.

Residential vegetative debris

In addition to curbside removal of debris for residents in Escambia County, residential drop-off sites are accepting vegetative debris only generated by Hurricane Sally. 

This is for private, residential use only, NO COMMERCIAL DEBRIS. Please leave construction and demolition debris, household hazardous waste and bulky waste at the curbside for right-of-way pickup. View a map of drop off locations here.

Drop-off locations are Baars Field (13020 Sorrento Road), Escambia County Equestrian Center (7750 Mobile Hwy.), John R. Jones Athletic Complex (555 E. Nine Mile Road), Lexington Terrace (900 S Old Corry Field Road), Oak Grove Landfill (745 County Road 99) and Park East (1233-1235 Fort Pickens Road).

9:08 a.m.

Ag Secretary Perdue to visit Jay

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Monday is scheduled to visit damaged areas affected by Hurricane Sally in Summerdale and Loxley, Ala., and Jay, Fla., a department news release said.

After the Alabama visits, Perdue will visit the Jenkins Farm, cotton farm impacted by Hurricane Sally, on Darney Road in Jay for a roundtable discussion with local farmers. It’s scheduled to begin at 3:40 p.m.

8:50 a.m.

Recovery Underway At National Seashore 

The National Park Service has mobilized the Eastern Incident Management Team to Gulf Islands National Seashore in response to the effects of Hurricane Sally. A total of 38 National Park Service employees from 22 parks and programs have responded to the national seashore to assist in these efforts. 

As a critical roadway for the community, the national seashore’s top priority is to clear and provide some access along J. Earle Bowden Way (Hwy 399 between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach). An initial assessment of the road indicates significant damage along sections of the road and portions of Fort Pickens Road. Efforts to clear both roads have been hampered by ongoing weather which has saturated sand and flooded roadways again. Despite these challenges, significant progress has been made since last weekend when work began. 

A structural engineer has begun to evaluate the condition and integrity of J. Earle Bowden Way and will move on to Fort Pickens Road once it is cleared. Based on this evaluation plans for temporary limited access and long-term repairs to restore the roadways to full capacity will be implemented Reopening dates for either road are not available at this time. 

In addition to roadway damage several structures and facilities with the Fort Pickens Area have visible damage. Full assessments began Thursday. These assessments will be used to prioritize and request funding for repairs. 

A full list of closures and impacts can be found at www.nps.gov/guis/learn/news.htm. Park status updates will be posted online at www.nps.gov/GulfIslandswww.Facebook.com/GulfIslandsNPS, and www.Twitter.com/GulfIslandsNPS.  

8:20 a.m.

Santa Rosa debris removal

Residential debris removal has begun in unincorporated areas of Santa Rosa County and the town of Jay. The city of Milton and city of Gulf Breeze are conducting their own debris removal services.

Debris haulers will be operating in all five districts each day from dawn to dusk targeting areas with more substantial damage first.

Once crews make a complete pass, two passes will be made to pick up extra debris - total of three passes. Residents will be notified before the final pass. The first pass may take up to five weeks with debris hauling being completed within 90 days.

The Board of County Commissioners voted Thursday to have debris haulers pick up from private roads/subdivisions in Santa Rosa County (this does not include Milton or Gulf Breeze).

Santa Rosa Court

The state courts in Santa Rosa County are closed today.

Judge Giraud will conduct first appearances at 9 a.m. at the jail today, Saturday and Sunday.

All First Judicial Circuit courts are closed on Monday in observance of Yom Kippur.

Sept. 24

4 p.m.

Santa Rosa’s damage-assessment form

President Trump has declared that a major disaster exists in Florida from Hurricane Sally. Santa Rosa County has received a declaration for Public Assistance Category B (emergency protective measures), including direct federal assistance. County officials are diligently working with the state and FEMA to receive a declaration for all categories. Individual assistance is still under review. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state as warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

FEMA's public damage assessment teams surveyed damage throughout the county this week. To further substantiate the need for individual assistance as well as additional declarations, it is critical for residents to complete the Citizen Damage Report form (https://bit.ly/32X3PxM) and provide photos/videos of damage - especially of water in the home or high water marks (lines on walls that show how high the water was inside the structure). Tips for completing the damage report form:

If possible, use file names that include the address of the damaged property such as 1234SmithSt_photo1.jpg or 1234SmithSt_video1.mov.

For residents with large files that may not be accepted by the damage report form, email the photos/videos to GisTeam@santarosa.fl.gov and include contact information, address of the property or neighborhood and a brief description of the damage sustained.

See the county's damage assessment GIS map - https://arcg.is/0bqXWP. If you reported damage in the county's damage assessment app (https://bit.ly/32X3PxM) and do not see your home on this map, email GisTeam@santarosa.fl.gov. Residents can sign up to receive county news and updates at www.santarosa.fl.gov/list.aspx.

To view the designated areas in this declaration, visit https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4564/designated-areas.

1:13 p.m.

Court updates by county

ESCAMBIA COUNTY

The M.C. Blanchard Building will be open Friday.   Felony arraignments which were previously scheduled for Thursday are now scheduled for Friday at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 101 at the M.C. Blanchard Judicial Building.

First appearance hearings will be held Friday at the Juvenile Justice Center at 1:30 p.m.  

SANTA ROSA COUNTY

The state courts in Santa Rosa County will be closed Friday.  

Judge Giraud will conduct first appearances at 9 a.m. at the jail Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

All First Judicial Circuit courts are closed Monday in observance of Yom Kippur. 

12:55 p.m.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is providing an update on state road and bridge closures and restrictions in Northwest Florida due to Hurricane Sally. 

Escambia County

  • The Pensacola Bay Bridge on U.S. 98 is closed to all traffic.

 Santa Rosa County

  •  Garcon Point Bridge (S.R. 281) traffic restrictions have been lifted and is open to all traffic.
  •  S.R. 89 is closed at the Alabama State line due to road damage in Alabama.

Jackson County

  •  State Road (S.R.) 166 (Caverns Road) from Russell Road to S.R. 71 is closed due to flooding. 
  •  The outside eastbound lane of U.S. 90 from east of the Chipola River Bridge to Old U.S. Road is closed due to shoulder erosion. 

Motorists are encouraged to monitor weather reports and road conditions and to be on the lookout for flooded roads. If the road ahead is flooded, turn around and find an alternate route.

11:26 a.m.

Feeding Sites

Mercy Chefs Feeding: Brownsville Community Center – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. (This will be the last day.)

Salvation Army Feeding locations

  • Point Church: A fixed feeding site has been established at Point Church at 13801 Innerarity Point Road, Pensacola, FL 32507. Hours are noon to 4 p.m.
  • AMC A fixed feeding site has been established at AMC at 161 East Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, FL 32526. Hours are noon to 4 p.m.
  • 350 West Herman St., A fixed feeding site has been established at 350 West Herman Ave. Hours are noon to 4 p.m.

Olive Baptist 

  • A fixed feeding site has been established at Olive Baptist at 103 Winthrop Ave., Pensacola, FL 32507. Hours are noon to 4 p.m.
  • A fixed feeding site has been established at Park near The Salvation Army Corps, Pensacola. Hours are 1-4 p.m. 
  • Westminster Village 
     A fixed site has been established at Westminster Village. Hours are noon to 1 p.m.
  • A fixed site has been established at Corner of Mobile Hwy/Fairfield Ave. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. 

Red Cross Mobile Feeding Areas

  • The American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV's) will be out during mealtimes between 11:00 and 2:00 and then for dinner between 5:00 and 7:00 at the following locational areas:

Area Around

Street

Holly Hills Estates

1880 Hollyhill Rd.

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

1212 E. Moreno St.

Carver Park, (Cantonment Improvement Committee)

208 Webb St.

Lucas Creek Apartments

7815 Lilac Lane

Apartment Complex

1319 N. J Street

Bayview Senior Center

2000 E Lloyd St

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

2601 West Strong

10 a.m.

President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Escambia County

President Trump has declared a major disaster exists in Florida from Hurricane Sally, including Escambia County, Florida, for all public assistance, including direct federal assistance, for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities. Individual assistance is still under review. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state as warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Washington Counties are approved for Public Assistance Category B (emergency protective measures), including direct federal assistance. All areas in the State of Florida are eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. 

If you have sustained damage to your home or business, please send photos of the damage, along with your address or neighborhood and a brief description of the damage (200 words max) to hurricanesally@myescambia.com.

To view the designated areas in this declaration, please visit https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4564/designated-areas.

Feeding Sites For Seniors

Council on Aging of West Florida Feeding Sites:
Council on Aging of Northwest Florida will be distributing free shelf-stable meals to seniors on from 11 a.m. until noon today at the following city community resource centers:

  • Bayview Senior Center, 2000 E. Lloyd St.
  • Cobb Resource Center, 601 E. Mallory St.
  • Fricker Resource Center, 900 N. F St.

Participants will receive five shelf-stable meals per person eligible for the senior meal site program. Council on Aging will distribute five additional shelf-stable meals on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the same time and locations. 

Meals will be available for pickup only. Seniors must contact Council on Aging at 432-1475 in advance to reserve their meals for both weeks.

Sept. 23

4 p.m. 

FDOT Update 

Jackson County

State Road (S.R.) 166 (Caverns Road) from Russell Road to S.R. 71 is closed due to flooding. · The outside eastbound lane of U.S. 90 from east of the Chipola River Bridge to Old U.S. Road is closed due to shoulder erosion.

Santa Rosa County

S.R. 89 is closed at the Alabama State line due to road damage in Alabama.

3 p.m. 

Escambia County Update

1 p.m.

Court Closures 

ESCAMBIA COUNTY

The M.C. Blanchard Building will be closed Thursday, Sept. 24. However, Domestic Violence Injunction hearings which were previously scheduled for Sept. 16 will be held Thursday, Sept. 24, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 101 at the M.C. Blanchard Judicial Building. First appearance hearings will be held Thursday and Friday at the Juvenile Justice Center at 1:30 p.m. Felony arraignments which were previously scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24, are now scheduled for Friday , Sept. 25 at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 101 at the M.C. Blanchard Judicial Building.

SANTA ROSA COUNTY

The state courts in Santa Rosa County will be closed Thursday and Friday, Sept. 24 and 25. Certain hearings will be conducted at alternative locations, as follows: Judge Giraud will conduct first appearances at 9 a.m. at the jail Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Judge Hilliard’s misdemeanor arraignments (out of custody) will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. at the County Auditorium on Thursday, Sept. 24.

Felony arraignments (out of custody) will be conducted at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the County Auditorium. Judge Dickey’s violation of probation hearings scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24 will be moved to Oct. 16. Inmates will be seen in the morning, and out-of-custody will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Those with pending hearings should contact their attorneys for the precise time of their scheduled hearing on Oct. 16. Dockets will be divided into small groups to comply with all COVID-19 requirements. Judge Dickey’s criminal motions scheduled for Friday, Sept. 25 must be reset. Attorneys will be contacted by the judicial assistant upon reopening to set new hearing dates. All other court proceedings will be rescheduled.

12:01 p.m. 

Lowe's Adds Additional Drive-Thru Supply Giveaways 

Lowe’s will hold drive-through bucket brigade events at the SW Mobile, Daphne and SW Pensacola stores Friday beginning at 8 a.m. while supplies last. At each event, Lowe’s will pass out 600 free Lowe’s buckets full of vendor-donated cleanup supplies. Locations:

  • Lowe’s of SW Mobile 4401 Rangeline Road Mobile, Ala. 36619
  • Lowe’s of Daphne 29645 Frederick Blvd. Daphne, Ala. 36526
  • Lowe’s of SW Pensacola 4301 West Fairfield Drive Pensacola, Fla. 32505 

11:05 a.m. 

Debris Pick-Up In Santa Rosa County 

Residential debris removal begins Thurs., Sept. 24. from dawn to dusk. Once crews make a complete pass, two passes will be made to pick up extra debris — a total of three passes. Residents will be notified before the final pass.

Separate your debris as follows:

  • normal household trash
  • vegetative debris (do not bag leaves/vegetative debris)
  • construction/demolition debris
  • appliances/white goods
  • electronics
  • household hazardous debris (see list)

Cut logs less than 8 feet long. Vegetative debris cannot be mixed with treated lumber, fencing, construction or demolition debris. Do not stack debris under power lines, low-hanging limbs, near mailboxes, fire hydrants, water meters or in ditches.

Crews are not allowed to go on to private property to remove debris. Residents may bring vegetative debris to Central Landfill free until further notice.

If you choose to burn your debris rather than take it to the landfill at no charge or wait for the hauler to pick it up from your yard, be aware Florida statutes prohibit burning debris within 25' of your home or wildlands, 50' from paved public roads and 150' from other occupied buildings.

List of Confirmed Feeding Sites for Wednesday, Sept. 23

Mercy Chefs Feeding

Brownsville Community Center: 11am-5pm Wednesday and Thursday 24 Sept (this will be the last day not Friday as previously reported)

Salvation Army Feeding locations 

Point Churc, 13801 Innerarity Point Rd. Hours: Lunch at Noon-4pm

AMC, 161 East Nine Mile Rd. Hours: Lunch at Noon -4pm

Equestrian Center, 7750 Mobile Hwy. Hours: Lunch at Noon – 4pm

Olive Baptist, 103 Winthrop Ave. Hours: Lunch at Noon -4pm

Park near The Salvation Army Corp., Pensacola Hour: Lunch at Noon -4pm

Westminster Village, 17 North L St. Hours: Lunch at Noon -1pm

Baldwin, County, 32268 US Hwy 90 Hours: Lunch at Noon -4pm

Red Cross Mobile Feeding Areas

The American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV's) will be out during meal times between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

For dinner, between 5  and 7: p.m. at the following locational areas:

Moreno Court, 900 S. Corryfield Road area

Senior Center, 1400 Johnson Ave. area

Attucks Court 1300 W. Cervantes area

Sacred Heart Cathedral area

Wesley Scott Place, 3300 W Scott Street area

Oakwood Terrace, 700 Truman Blvd area

Forest Creek Apts, Patton Drive area

Alabaster Apartments, 929 Massachusetts Avenue area

Morris Court, 1200 North M Street area

Ebonwood Community Center, 3511 W. Scott Street area

Bayview Senior Center, 2000 E Lloyd St. area

Jubilee Church -Michigan and Lockwood, Empire and Pine area

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 2601 West Strong Street area

Sept. 22

Garcon Point Bridge Tolls Suspended Until Oct. 23 

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Secretary Kevin J. Thibault, P.E. has directed Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) to further extend the toll suspension on the Garcon Point Bridge, pursuant to Executive Order 20-225. The extended suspension is in effect until 6 a.m. Friday, October 23, 2020.

4:50 p.m.

Santa Rosa Courts

The state courts in Santa Rosa County will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Certain hearings will be conducted at the County Auditorium, 4530 Spikes Way in Milton, as follows:

Domestic Violence Injunction hearings will be conducted at the County Auditorium at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Judge Hilliard’s misdemeanor arraignments (out of custody) will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the County Auditorium. 

Felony arraignments (out of custody) will be conducted at 9 a.m. Thursday at the County Auditorium. 

Judge Dickey’s violation-of-probation hearings scheduled for Thursday will be moved to Oct. 16.  Inmates will be seen in the morning, and out-of-custody will begin at 1:30 p.m.  Those with pending hearings should contact their attorneys for the precise time of their scheduled hearing on Oct. 16.  Dockets will be divided into small groups to comply with all COVID-19 requirements.

Judge Dickey’s criminal motions scheduled for Friday must be reset.  Attorneys will be contacted by the judicial assistant upon reopening to set new hearing dates. 

All other court proceedings will be rescheduled.

3 p.m.

Escambia County Update

2:28 p.m. 

Walton County Debris Removal Process for Hurricane Sally

Walton County is currently in the process of finalizing the debris removal planning process to facilitate the pick-up of storm related debris. If you have debris to be removed from your location, contact Walton County Emergency Management at damage@waltoncountyem.org. Please include the following: Name, Address, Phone and a brief description of debris.

Over the coming days, WCEM, in coordination with Walton County Public Works, will be develop a debris removal plan that will include dates of pick-up for specific locations within the County. Once the dates and locations have been finalized, the County will release that information along with the specifications of how debris should be placed for different types of debris.

2:05 p.m.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is providing an update on state road and bridge closures and restrictions in Northwest Florida due to Hurricane Sally. 

Escambia County

  • The Pensacola Bay Bridge on U.S. 98 is closed to all traffic.

 Santa Rosa County

  •  Garcon Point Bridge (S.R. 281) traffic restrictions have been lifted and is open to all traffic.
  •  S.R. 89 is closed at the Alabama State line due to road damage in Alabama.

Jackson County

  •  State Road (S.R.) 166 (Caverns Road) from Russell Road to S.R. 71 is closed due to flooding. 
  •  The outside eastbound lane of U.S. 90 from east of the Chipola River Bridge to Old U.S. Road is closed due to shoulder erosion. 

Motorists are encouraged to monitor weather reports and road conditions and to be on the lookout for flooded roads. If the road ahead is flooded, turn around and find an alternate route.

Court news in Escambia

Escambia County

The M.C. Blanchard Judicial Building will be closed Wednesday.  However, Domestic Violence Injunction hearings scheduled for Wednesday will take place, beginning at 8 a.m. in Courtroom 101 at the M.C. Blanchard Judicial Building.

The Theodore Bruno Juvenile Justice Center will be open Wednesday, and all juvenile proceedings will take place as scheduled. First appearance hearings will be Wednesday at the Juvenile Justice Center at 1:30 p.m. 

Domestic Violence Injunction hearings scheduled for Sept. 16 are Thursday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 101 at the M.C. Blanchard Judicial Building.

Judge Giraud’s Tuesday misdemeanor arraignments have been reset to 8 a.m. Oct. 6.

Gulf Power service restored

Gulf Power issued the following news release:

We have safely restored service to essentially all of our customers who were affected by Hurricane Sally, completing restoration ahead of original estimates. As we wind down the major restoration effort, we are closing some of our staging sites today and releasing some of our storm crews. However, we continue to keep a large number of crews here and you have our commitment that we will not stop working until every customer who can accept power has been restored. Here is more information about what to expect in this phase of the restoration:

Report your outage
Customers who still do not have power should first check their breakers. If this is not the issue, they should report the outage on the Gulf Power Mobile App, online at GulfPower.com or using the automated system at 1-800-GUPOWER (800-487-6937).

Returning the system to its normal state
Our first priority after a storm is restoring power to customers. With major restoration efforts winding down, we will now complete any follow up work needed, such as picking up damaged equipment that may have been left behind. Remember not to put any yard debris on top of electrical equipment because it can be dangerous.

We will also begin work to return the electric system to its normal state. This will include work that you can see, such as resetting poles that may be leaning. It will also include other things that you can’t see, such as using drones to assess the system – which is similar to taking an x-ray of the system to identify any potential issues.

 

Debris clean up

  

  • Watch for overhead power lines while using equipment to remove debris. Energized power lines could also be concealed by debris and fallen trees.
  • Do not pick up any utility equipment. Some utility equipment may still contain a dangerous charge.
  • Do not make contact with padmount transformers when picking up debris.

All debris should be stacked at least 10' away from electrical equipment such as power lines or padmount transformers. Do not place debris on top of green padmount transformers or pedestals.

 

Please feel free to share this information with your family, friends and neighbors. We thank you for your continued patience and support.

  

10:45 a.m.

One debris pass in Okaloosa

Shalimar- The Okaloosa County Hurricane Sally Debris Removal starts Wednesday, county officials said in a Tuesday news release.

Debris pickup will begin in the north part of the county and commence southward. The Debris Removal effort is applicable to all single-family residential properties in Unincorporated Okaloosa County and storm generated debris only.  Municipalities and commercial properties are not eligible in this debris removal effort. 

  • Residents are encouraged to place storm debris in the road right-of-way at the edge of pavement.  Care should be taken to not place material in the roadway impeding traffic and/or line-of-sight.  
  • The debris removal team will begin in the northern portion of the county first. 

Residents should separate the following storm related debris:

  • Treated wood material (dock material, decking, pilings, fencing, etc.) 
  • Vegetative Yard Waste – leaves, small sticks containerized in plastic bags (see through bags preferred)
  • Vegetative Yard Waste – tree limbs, stumps, trunks. 6-12 feet in length 
  • Bulk material – carpets, furniture, construction debris (wood trim, drywall, etc.)
  • Appliances

Residents who have already placed storm related material at the curbside should assess the placement to ensure that it meets the specifications.  Storm related material should be placed a safe distance away from low hanging wires, mailboxes, utility boxes, fire hydrants, water meters, etc.

Beginning Wednesday, residents will potentially see multiple collection efforts.  For example; Waste Management will continue to pick up residential garbage and recyclables from receptacles and limited bulk items.  They will also pick up small yard trash piles and bagged yard trash within its franchise area (see through bags preferred).  

The County debris removal contractor – CrowderGulf – will be collecting treated wood material, bulk material, appliances and vegetative wastes (tree limbs, stumps, trunks. 6-12 feet in length).  CrowderGulf collection may target particular wastes in a pickup pass.  For instance, a collection vehicle may be targeting treated lumber.  This is not cause for alarm if other material is not picked up, remaining material will be collected by separate truck.  EACH MATERIAL STREAM - TREATED WOOD, VEGETATIVE YARD WASTE, BULK MATERIAL AND APPLIANCES – WILL RECEIVE ONE PASS/PICKUP.  For example, if CrowderGulf picks up treated lumber from your location, they will not be back to pick up any more treated lumber.

Residents outside of the Unincorporated Okaloosa County jurisdiction should contact their municipality or other service provider for information.

No Hazardous Waste or Electronics! Household Hazardous Waste and electronics should be transported to the County HHW facility; 80 Ready Avenue, Fort Walton Beach from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Please be patient with debris pickup and removal.  Nearly all residents in the County are placing debris and it takes time and resources to collect.  County staff is working as fast as possible to coordinate and execute our debris removal plan.

10:18 a.m.

Pizza! Pizza! in Pace, Pensacola

The Little Caesars Love Kitchen, a big rig pizza kitchen on wheels, will roll in to Pace and Pensacola, Fla. to assist with Hurricane Sally relief. A total of 1,000 people will be served at the two servings.

Pizza will be available at noon today Salvation Army Immanuel Baptist Church, 4187 U.S. 90, Pace, and at noon Wednesday at the Salvation Army Olive Baptist Church, 103 Winthrop Ave., Pensacola.

9:48 a.m.

Food distributions in Pensacola

From Feeding the Gulf Coast:

In the six days since landfall, Feeding the Gulf Coast has distributed over 355,000 pounds of essential food and water to storm-impacted communities, including Baldwin and Mobile counties in Alabama, and Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Florida.

Here are the upcoming distributions:

  • 9 a.m. Wednesday, Talbot Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, 425 N. Reus Street, Pensacola, FL, 32501
  • 8 a.m. Saturday, Ferry Pass Community Corporation, 8350 Caminitti Lane, Pensacola, FL 32514
  • 8 a.m. Saturday, Bethel AME, 511 Woodlands Drive, Pensacola, FL 32503
  • 9 a.m. Saturday, Christ Church Parish, 500 N. Guillemard Street, Pensacola, FL 32501

9:33 a.m.

Milton Debris Collection

From the city of Milton:

Storm Debris Collection in the City of Milton has commenced. Your storm debris should be on the right-of- way (ROW) for collection at this time. This includes, all vegetation, building debris, and damaged/destroyed household items. Do not bag your debris. Regular household trash, hazardous waste and items not damaged by the storm may NOT be included. 

If the debris is not placed in an accessible place on the right-of-way, it may not be picked up. 

The hauler is utilizing automated equipment for collection that could be damaged or present a hazard to the collection crew if the debris pile is not accessible. 

• Do not place any items in the street or block any sidewalk. 

• Place debris clear of power lines, power poles, guidelines, mailboxes, and other structures. 

• Avoid driveways and parked vehicles. 

• Avoid placement near fire hydrants or sprinkler heads. 

• Do not place on private property, it will not be collected. 

If you home is not collected due to improper placement, you may be responsible for proper disposal of the debris. 

A helpful video on what proper placement looks like can be found on the city’s Facebook page @MiltonFlorida. 

8:46 a.m.

Feeding Sites Today

Mercy Chefs Feeding

Brownsville Community Center – 11a.m.- 5 p.m., today and Wednesday.

Salvation Army Feeding Locations:

  • Century Industrial Parkway- a fixed feeding site has been established at Century Industrial Parkway at 6801 Industrial Blvd., Century, FL 32535 ~ Hours: Lunch at noon & Dinner at 4:30 p.m.
  • Point Church- a fixed feeding site has been established at Point Church at 13801 Innerarity Point Road., Pensacola, FL 32507. Hours: Lunch at noon & Dinner at 4:30 p.m.
  • AMC- a fixed feeding site has been established at AMC at 161 East Nine Mile Rd., Pensacola, FL 32526 ~ Hours: Lunch at noon & Dinner at 4:30 p.m.
  • Brent Ball Park- a fixed feeding site has been established at corner of Beverly Pkwy & W St., Pensacola, FL ~Hours: Lunch at noon & Dinner at 4:30 p.m.
  • Equestrian Center- a fixed feeding site has been established at Equestrian Center at 7750 Mobile Hwy, Beulah, FL ~Hours: Lunch at noon & Dinner at 4:30 p.m.
  • Olive Baptist- a fixed feeding site has been established at Olive Baptist (Warrington) at 103 Winthrop Ave., Pensacola, FL 32507 ~ Hours: Lunch at noon & Dinner at 4:30 p.m.
  • The park near The Salvation Army ~ Pensacola. Lunch at noon & Dinner at 4:30 p.m.
  • Pensacola Village- a fixed feeding site has been established at Pensacola Village Apartments 500 E Fairfield Dr. Hours: Lunch at noon & Dinner at 4:30 p.m.

Red Cross Feeding

(Mobile Feeding ONLY)- Begin serving lunch- noon and dinner- 5 p.m.

Council on Aging of West Florida Feeding Sites:
All sites serve between 11 and 11:30. Call by noon the day before (850) 432-1475 to reserve a meal. All meals are free. Grab-and-go distribution from community centers and churches will resume Thursday. Meals on Wheels resumes today.

  • Bayview Senior Center, 2000 E Lloyd St., Monday through Friday
  • Beulah Senior Center, 7425 Woodside Rd., Monday through Friday
  • Cobb Center, 601 E Mallory St., Monday through Friday
  • Westwood Homes, 4400 Westover Ave., Monday through Friday
  • Westminster Retirement Village, Building #1: 1700 N. "L" Street; Building #2: 1951 W. Blount Street, Monday through Friday
  • Cantonment Senior Center, 132 Mintz Lane, Monday through Friday
  • Century Senior Center, 6025 Industrial Boulevard, Monday through Friday

Sept. 21

5:13 p.m.

ECAT modified service

ECAT will be running regular modified service starting Tuesday. The following routes will be temporarily suspended until further notice:

•Route 41, East Pensacola Heights

•Route 59A, NAS Pensacola, airport

•Route 59X, NAS Pensacola, downtown, Cordova Mall

•Route 61, Pensacola Beach

•Route 64, Beach Jumper

Buses may experience possible traffic delays due to detours and debris. Buses will run every two hours, with the final routes departing ECAT and downtown at 6 p.m. The same modified schedule will run Saturdays.

UWF Trolley Service will resume service on Thursday.  Escambia County Community Transportation Paratransit services will resume Tuesday. Phone lines are working again.

ECCT will resume service Tuesday.

5 p.m.

Perdido Key curfew

The curfew for Escambia County and the city of Pensacola expired at 6 a.m. today.

Effective at 10 p.m. today, a curfew exists from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday in the unincorporated areas of Perdido Key. The curfew will expire at 6 a.m. Thursday and only apply to the Perdido Key barrier island, which is south and west of the Theo Baars Bridge.

3 p.m. 

Escambia County Update 

Road update

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is providing an update on state road and bridge closures and restrictions in Northwest Florida due to Hurricane Sally. 

Escambia County

  • The Pensacola Bay Bridge on U.S. 98 is closed to all traffic.

 Santa Rosa County

  •  Garcon Point Bridge (S.R. 281) traffic restrictions have been lifted and is open to all traffic.
  •  S.R. 89 is closed at the Alabama State line due to road damage in Alabama.

Jackson County

  •  State Road (S.R.) 166 (Caverns Road) from Russell Road to S.R. 71 is closed due to flooding. 
  •  The outside eastbound lane of U.S. 90 from east of the Chipola River Bridge to Old U.S. Road is closed due to shoulder erosion. 

Motorists are encouraged to monitor weather reports and road conditions and to be on the lookout for flooded roads. If the road ahead is flooded, turn around and find an alternate route.

1:37 p.m.

Court Closures 

In Escambia County, the M.C. Blanchard Judicial Building will be closes on Tuesday, Sept. 22. The Theodore Bruno Juvenile Justice Center will be open on Tuesday, and all juvenile proceedings will take place as regularly scheduled. In Santa Rosa County, the courts will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 22 and 23. Okaloosa and Walton County courts are open.

Boil Water Notice For NAS

The is currently a boil water notice for NAS Pensacola and Corry Station until further notice. 

11:26 a.m.

Milton City update

The City is currently out completing Residential and Commercial damage assessments. Please be patient as we work our way through the city. Anyone had any substantial damage to let us know at 983-5440. Business Damage Assessment Surveys have been activated by the SBDC. All Businesses are encouraged to compete this assessment at https://floridadisaster.biz/. Staff our out now walking door to door to assist businesses in need. 

• Place any storm debris on the Right-Of-Way for collection. An emergency debris hauler is working in the community today. When placing debris on the Right-Of-Way, please stay clear of overhead power lines, power poles, guide wires, mailboxes, driveways, parked vehicles, and other structures. Do not place yard debris in black plastic bags. The debris hauler will be utilizing automated equipment for collection. Construction and non- vegetative debris pickup have not received an approval date. We will notify you when and if we can pick up. For now, DO NOT MIX yard debris. 

• Use special care when working with downed tree limbs, especially near power lines. 

• Recycling is not being collected. 

• City Crews have restored all municipal services, with minor exceptions. If you experience any issues with natural gas, water, or sewer, please call (850) 983-5400. If no answer, please leave a message. 

• City Hall is open for business. 

• Suspension of Cut-Off’s for non-payment of City Utilities has been extended until September 30th. 

• All City Parks remain closed. 

• The Milton Community Center remains open as an emergency evacuation shelter. Space is available. 

• The Milton Community Center is closed for regularly scheduled activities. 

• The City Council Committee of the Whole meeting has been rescheduled to immediately follow the 2nd Budget Hearing to be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

The city will constantly monitor the situation to determine if further action is needed. For up to date information, visit the City’s Facebook page @MiltonFlorida or the City’s website: www.miltonfl.org. 

10:37 a.m.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is providing an update on state road and bridge closures and restrictions in Northwest Florida due to Hurricane Sally. 

Escambia County

  • The Pensacola Bay Bridge on U.S. 98 is closed to all traffic.

 Santa Rosa County

  •  Garcon Point Bridge (S.R. 281) traffic restrictions have been lifted and is open to all traffic.
  •  S.R. 89 is closed at the Alabama State line due to road damage in Alabama.

Jackson County

  •  State Road (S.R.) 166 (Caverns Road) from Russell Road to S.R. 71 is closed due to flooding. 
  •  The outside eastbound lane of U.S. 90 from east of the Chipola River Bridge to Old U.S. Road is closed due to shoulder erosion. 

Motorists are encouraged to monitor weather reports and road conditions and to be on the lookout for flooded roads. If the road ahead is flooded, turn around and find an alternate route.

10:29 a.m.

Free Tarps and Water In Pensacola

City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation, in coordination with the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center and FEMA, will be distributing free tarps and water from 2 to 5 p.m. today, or until supplies are gone. There is a limit of one tarp per household.

The sites are:

  • Bayview Senior Center (drive through only),  2000 E. Lloyd St.
  • Cobb Resource Center, 601 E. Mallory St.
  • Fricker Resource Center, 900 N. F St.
  • Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail
  • Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center (drive through only), 913 S. I St.

8:45 a.m.

Pace And Bagdad Garcon Point Boil Water Notices Rescinded 

The precautionary boil water notice issued by Bagdad Garcon Point Water System on September 17 has been rescinded, as well as the notice from Pace Water. System. Testing of bacteriological samples shows that the water is safe to drink.  

8:30 a.m. 

NAS Pensacola Will Open Emergency Shelter This Afternoon

NAS Pensacola will open an Emergency Family Assistance Center (EFAC) at noon on Monday, September 21, at the Corry Chapel. Afterwards, the EFAC will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to assist those impacted by Hurricane Sally. Representatives from Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society, Red Cross, Legal, Housing, Balfour Beatty, Chapel, Fleet and Family Support Center, and others can assist with emergency case management needs to augment services provided by NFAAS case managers. For more information, call the FFSC at 452-5990 or the Corry Chapel at 452-6376. Face coverings are required.

8:24 a.m.

Gulf Power update

The following estimated restoration times are for 95% of customers who are able to be accept service.

ESCAMBIA COUNTY:

  • Customers in Century were estimated to be restored by midnight Sunday.
  • Customers north of Kingsfield Road are estimated to be restored by midnight today.
  • Customers south of Kingsfield Road including Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key and Innerarity Point, are estimated to be restored by midnight Tuesday.

SANTA ROSA COUNTY:

  • Essentially all customers in Santa Rosa County were estimated to be restored by midnight. Sunday.

8:08 a.m.

Lowe’s to distribute recovery supplies

Lowe’s will hold drive-through bucket brigade events at Mobile and Pensacola-area stores at 11 a.m. Monday while supplies last. At each event, Lowe’s will pass out free Lowe’s buckets full of vendor-donated supplies such as:

  •  Gloves
  •  Flashlights
  •  Goggles
  •  DampRid moisture absorber
  •  Batteries
  •  Bug spray
  •  Trash bags
  •  Bottled water

Here is the list:

In Northwest Florida:

  •  Lowe’s of Gulf Breeze, 1421 Tiger Park Lane, Gulf Breeze, Fla. 32563
  •  Lowe’s of Pensacola, 1201 Airport Blvd., Pensacola, Fla. 32504
  •  Lowe’s of SW Pensacola, 4301 West Fairfield Drive, Pensacola, Fla. 32505
  •  Lowe’s of Ensley, 777 West Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, Fla. 32534

In Alabama:

  •  Lowe’s of Mobile, 151 E. I-65 Service Road South, Mobile, Ala. 36606
  •  Lowe’s of West Mobile, 7760 Airport Blvd., Mobile, Ala. 36608
  • Lowe’s of SW Mobile, 4401 Rangeline Road, Mobile, Ala. 36619
  •  Beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 21, while supplies last
  •  Lowe’s of Daphne 2251, 29645 Frederick Blvd., Daphne, Ala. 36526

7:29 a.m.

Traffic signals

From Escambia County:

The 264 traffic signals managed by FDOT and Escambia County were assessed. Of those, 244 back up and running, with 14 on flashers. Crews are still working. Only 6 are nonoperational.

6:39 a.m.

Want a hurricane-related job for $1,000 per week?

Escambia County is hosting a job fair seeking people to monitor the debris collection from Hurricane Sally. The job fair is noon to 4 p.m. today and Tuesday at the Central Office Complex- 3363 West Park Place Pensacola, FL 32505

Here are the basics:

  • Compensation: $1,000+ / week 
  • You must be at least 18 years old and have proof of citizenship/authorization to work in U.S.
  • The shift is 12 hours per day – 7 days per week
  • A driver license, safe driving record, automobile, and proof of insurance are required.
  • Interested applicants can inquire at: www.hurricanejob.com and select the “Hurricane Sally Debris Monitor - Escambia County, FL”
  • Phone: (319) 750-1026 and leave your contact information.

Sept. 20

4 p.m. 

Escambia County Update 

3:25 p.m.

Santa Rosa tarps

Tarps are back at Emergency Management building until 7 p.m. today. Limit two per vehicle. Pick up on Spike's Way in Milton.

3:16 p.m.

Hurricane Sally State Road Advisory 

Escambia County

  •  The Pensacola Bay Bridge on U.S. 98 is closed to all traffic.
  •  State Road (S.R.) 99 from Mobile Highway to Nine Mile Road is closed due to trees/power lines on the road.
  • Northbound State Road (S.R.) 99 at Beulah Church Road is closed due to flooding/erosion.

Santa Rosa County

  • Garcon Point Bridge (S.R. 281) traffic restrictions have been lifted and is open to all traffic.
  • The outside eastbound lane of U.S. 90 from the Escambia County Line to Bass Hole Cove Bridge is closed due to shoulder erosion.
  • S.R. 89 is closed at the Alabama State line due to road damage in Alabama. 

Motorists are encouraged to monitor weather reports and road conditions and to be on the lookout for flooded roads. If the road ahead is flooded, turn around and find an alternate route. Flooded roads may hide the fact that the roadway is washed out underneath and as little as six inches of rushing water can force your car off the road. 

2:57 p.m.

Sunday dinner sites

The Salvation Army will be serving dinner starting at 4 p.m. at the following locations today:

  • Equestrian Center, 7705 Mobile Hwy.
  • Century Industrial Parkway, 6801 Industrial Blvd, Century.
  • Perdido Key (Point Church) 13801 Innerarity Point Road.
  • Brent ballpark, corner of Beverly Pkwy & W Street.
  • AMC Theater, 161 East Nine Mile Road.
  • Olive Baptist Church, 103 Winthrop Avenue, Warrington.
  • Park near The Salvation Army Corps

Santa Rosa County

  • Immanuel Baptist, Pace, FL at 4187 US-90

2:48 p.m.

PSC to reopen Sept. 28

All classes and class activities at Pensacola State College have been suspended until Sept. 28. 

Employees are asked not to come on any PSC campus unless they have been notified to do so by their supervisors.

2:24 p.m.

Okaloosa County schools to reopen Monday

The Okaloosa County School District issued the following information:Parents, we have completed assessments of school buildings, and power has been fully restored to all but two locations which we expect to be addressed tomorrow. As a result, school is scheduled to resume on Monday, September 21st.Reports of roadways being opened continue to come in. Bus transportation will be available with drivers taking extra caution where needed. We certainly want our families to take any necessary precautions to stay safe. Please notify your school if road closures or lack of power limit your ability to get to school.We would like to thank Gulf Power for working around the clock to restore power to our schools and to our Emergency Operations personnel and first responders who have worked to keep all of us safe.We may provide you with additional updates over the weekend, if needed. Otherwise, we look forward to school resuming on Monday.

1:32 p.m.

Escambia schools closed Monday, Tuesday

Superintendent Malcolm Thomas has announced that all schools and offices within the Escambia County School District will remain closed, Monday and Tuesday.

“This is a dynamic situation subject to the restoration of water and power to both schools and families within the area,” Thomas said in a news release. “In addition, roads must be cleared and assessed prior to school buses returning to routes.” 

1:16 p.m.

Santa Rosa County schools will reopen Monday

  • Remote students with no access will be able to use local library parking lots for WiFi access. If students need to go into the library they are asked to call ahead, 850-981-READ. See www.santarosa.fl.gov/659/Libraries for more information.
  • Remote students will also be contacted this afternoon with a list of schools who will have WiFi access in parking lots.

For more information, see the school district website.

1:07 p.m.

Garcon Point Bridge

Traffic on the Garcon Point Bridge is no longer restricted to two axles; all vehicles may now travel on the bridge. 

The Garcon Point Bridge will continue to serve as a temporary detour while the Pensacola Bay Bridge is closed. 

1:01 p.m.

Santa Rosa debris removal update

The county's debris hauling contractor will be in the county on Tuesday and Wednesday cutting hanging limbs from over the roads so trucks can pick up debris.

Residential debris removal will begin Thursday. 

To help removal debris pickup operate as smoothly as possible, separate your debris as follows:

- normal household trash
- vegetative debris
- construction/demolition debris
- appliances/white goods
- electronics
- household hazardous debris (see list)

Crews will begin pickup in a central location and systematically move through the county. Once the crews make one complete pass, additional passes will be made to pick up extra debris. Residents will be notified before crews make a final pass.

The county's debris pickup does not include the cities of Milton (www.miltonfl.org) or Gulf Breeze (www.cityofgulfbreeze.us). See those municipality web sites for their debris pickup plans.

Crews will begin by picking up vegetative debris first. Please cut logs less than 8 feet long. Vegetative debris cannot be mixed with treated lumber, fencing, construction or demolition debris.

Place separated debris beside the roadway where crews can easily access. Do not stack debris under power lines, low-hanging limbs, near mailboxes, fire hydrants, water meters, etc. or in ditches

Crews are not allowed to go on to private property to remove debris.

Pickup will be from dusk to dawn and vehicles.

Santa Rosa County residents (not commercial haulers/landscapers) may also bring vegetative debris at no cost to Central Landfill until further notice. 

Two free debris drop-off locations will be announced as soon as confirmed.

12:57 p.m.

Need help in Santa Rosa?

  • Residents who need assistance with tree removal, roof tarping, muck-outs or other manpower needs should call the Citizen Information Line, 850-983-INFO.
  • Persons and organizations (churches, etc.) who would like to volunteer should call 850-983-INFO and a volunteer coordinator will match them to the best fit. 
  • Do NOT collect donations without knowing what is needed, where it is needed or having a plan to store and distribute.
  • Those interested in donating should visit SAFER Santa Rosa (www.facebook.com/safersantarosa) or mail a check to SAFER, 4499 Pine Forest Road, Milton, FL 32583. There is no call for in-kind donations. 

11:18 a.m.

News update:

Escambia County is scheduled to have a news briefing at 4 p.m. today. WUWF 88.1 FM plans to broadcast the briefing live.

10 a.m.

Escambia County offers tips for choosing a contractor:

  • Ask to see their license and call the appropriate licensing agency – Escambia County Contractor Licensing Section for a county license or DBPR for state license to verify the status and insurance.
  • Look up contractor's license number using the Contractor Search
  • Ask for and verify references from past customers.
  • Check with the local Better Business Bureau
  • Get a written estimate from several licensed contractors. Be sure that the estimate includes all work to be done by the contractor, the materials involved, date of completion and the total cost.
  • Don't simply take the lowest bid. An abnormally low bid could lead to trouble later on. 
  • If the project is for repairing damage, check with your insurance company before you sign a contractor to verify that your insurance will cover the repairs.
  • An occupational license is not sufficient in the construction trades.
  • Beware of alleged contractors who ask to be paid in cash or ask for large payments up front.

Pensacola State College

All offices, classes and activities at Pensacola State College will remain closed through today. PSC plans to reopen Monday, but will monitor progress on storm-related issues and send additional alerts if plans change.

Go to pensacolastate.edu for additional information. All maintenance and security personnel should contact their supervisors for instructions.

9:07 a.m.

Water, MREs in Santa Rosa

The Florida National Guard will be operating four distribution points in Santa Rosa County for residents to receive MREs and water today and Sunday. The goal is to have them open until 6 p.m.

MREs and water available at the following locations

  • Hickory Hammock Baptist Church, 8351 Hickory Hammock Rd. in East Milton
  • King Middle School, 5928 Stewart St. in Milton
  • Navarre High School, 8600 High School Blvd. in Navarre

MREs only

  • Santa Rosa Sportsplex, 5976 Chumuckla Hwy. in Pace

6:37 a.m.

Urgent medical needs today

Community Health Northwest Florida will open two sites today today to care for patients with urgent medical needs (all other sites remain closed at this time).

Adult Walk-in Care will be provided in the Pediatric Suite on the ground floor of our Main Site at 2315 W. Jackson St., Pensacola, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults only. Park in the rear parking lot; enter through Pediatrics door.

Children/Pediatric Walk-in Care will be provided at the Pediatric Convenient Care location, 5375 N. Ninth Ave., Pensacola, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children only. Enter through regular Pediatric Convenient Care entrance.

Questions: 850.436.4630.

6:30 a.m.

Gulf Power update

Gulf Power issued the following news release:

We understand what a critical role electricity plays in getting our communities back up and running, and we are committed to working around the clock to get the power back on for you safely and as quickly as possible.

Since Sally left our area, our team has restored power to more than 85% of customers affected by this storm. Crews continue to focus efforts on the hardest-hit areas of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

As our team continues to make progress, we want to provide an update on estimated restoration times:

 

ESCAMBIA COUNTY:

  

Customers in Century are estimated to be restored by midnight, Sunday, Sept. 20.

Customers north of Kingsfield Road are estimated to be restored by midnight, Monday, Sept. 21.

Customers south of Kingsfield Road, including Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key and Innerarity Point, are estimated to be restored by midnight, Tuesday, Sept. 22.

 

SANTA ROSA COUNTY:

  

Essentially all customers in Santa Rosa County are estimated to be restored by midnight, Sunday, Sept. 20.

 

Here is our restoration map that you can share along with a copy of our news release.

  

Sept. 19

2:55 p.m.

Santa Rosa updates:

  • Dangerous flooding is still anticipated for the Yellow River area. Residents of that area need to stay aware of rising water levels and be prepared to leave quickly.
  • The county is working with state and FEMA recovery teams on damage assessments. Please continue to report your damage at https://bit.ly/2Rnogx8  to assist these teams.
  • The county curfew has been lifted. It does not include the city of Gulf Breeze.
  • Navarre Beach is open with no restrictions as of noon, Sat., Sept. 19.
  • The pier is open for business as usual; all repairs have been made.
  • Navarre Bayside Park is closed due to damage. The Visitors Information Center is also closed.
  • Some Navarre Beach Marine Park bathrooms are closed due to lack of power.

2:14 p.m.

Pensacola city garbage pickup

  • Monday: Monday and Tuesday customers will receive garbage pickup only.
  • Tuesday: Wednesday and Thursday customers will receive garbage pickup only.
  • Wednesday: Monday and Tuesday customers will receive garbage pickup only.
  • Thursday: Wednesday and Thursday customers will receive garbage pickup only.

1:30 p.m.

Urgent medical needs today/Sunday

Community Health Northwest Florida will open two sites today and Sunday to care for patients with urgent medical needs (all other sites remain closed at this time).

Adult Walk-in Care will be provided in the Pediatric Suite on the ground floor of our Main Site at 2315 W. Jackson St., Pensacola, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults only. Park in the rear parking lot; enter through Pediatrics door.

Children/Pediatric Walk-in Care will be provided at the Pediatric Convenient Care location, 5375 N. Ninth Ave., Pensacola, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children only. Enter through regular Pediatric Convenient Care entrance.

Questions: 850.436.4630.

12:18 p.m.

Feeding locations

The Salvation Army will be serving at the following locations today. There are 1,000 meals at each location will serve until they are gone. 

Equestrian Center, noon

Century - in the area of the POD location  

Perdido Key (Point Church) - in the area of the POD location 

Brent - in the area of the POD location 

AMC Theater, Pensacola - in the area of the POD location 

Olive Baptist Church, Warrington 

Immanuel Baptist , Pace 

The park near the Salvation Army Corps on Q Street 

Mercy Chefs Feeding until 5 p.m. at the Brownsville Community Center.

12:11 p.m.

Santa Rosa curfew

Santa Rosa County's curfew remains in effect. It is 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. until lifted.

Workers may travel to and from their place of employment outside of those hours, county officials said.

12:04 p.m.

Got a court appearance?

Courts in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties will be closed Monday.

In Santa Rosa County:

  • Judge Hilliard conducted first appearances at the jail today.
  • Judge Giraud will conduct first appearances at the jail at 9 a.m. Sunday and Monday.
  • Judge Hilliard’s Monday criminal hearings will be rescheduled to a later date. Notice of the new date will be sent in advance.

11:52 a.m.

Baptist clinics are open

These clinics are open:

• Baptist Medical Park – Nine Mile Urgent Care

• Baptist Medical Park – Airport Urgent Care

• Baptist Medical Park – Pace Walk-in Care

• Baptist Medical Park – Navarre Walk-in Care

The regular Jay Hospital phone number has been restored. To reach Jay Hospital, please call 675-8000.

10:42 a.m.

Food, water sites announced

Food and water distribution sites announced in the aftermath of Hurricane Sally: https://bit.ly/3ksdNwU

Navarre, Pace food giveaways

Food giveaways are planned in Navarre and Pace for noon to 3 p.m. today

There are first come, first served food giveaways in Pace and Navarre today from noon to 3 p.m.

Cleanup safety tips

The state department of health recommends the following tips to help clean up after Hurricane Sally:

  • Wear a face mask
  • Wear eye protection
  • Wear rubber boots and waterproof gloves during clean-up of sewage and to avoid injury and contamination.
  • Be careful about mixing household cleaners and disinfectants. Combining certain types of products can produce toxic fumes and result in injury or death.
  • Walls, hard-surfaced floors and many other household surfaces must be cleaned with soap and water and disinfected with a solution of 1 cup of bleach per 5 gallons of water.
  • Remove and discard contaminated household materials that cannot be disinfected such as wall-coverings, cloth and rugs. Wash all linens and clothing in hot water or dry-clean.
  • Drywall and insulation that have been soaked should be removed and discarded so disinfection and drying of the internal wall structure can take place.
  • Items that cannot be washed or dry-cleaned, such as mattresses and upholstered furniture, may possibly be air dried in the sun and sprayed thoroughly with a disinfectant. However, these items may need to be discarded.
  • It can be difficult to throw away items in a home, particularly those with sentimental value. However, keeping certain items soaked by sewage or floodwaters may be unhealthy. In general, materials that cannot be thoroughly cleaned and dried within 24-48 hours should be discarded
  • Fiberboard, fibrous insulation and disposable filters in your heating and air conditioning system should be replaced.
  • Chainsaws should only be operated in safe conditions and by people that are experienced in proper use.

10:29 a.m.

Red Cross to run downtown shelter

The Pensacola Bay Center is Escambia County’s only shelter. It will be run by the Red Cross starting at noon today.

Lowe’s to distribute recovery supplies

Lowe’s will hold drive-through bucket brigade events at Mobile and Pensacola-area stores on Monday beginning at 11 a.m. while supplies last. At each event, Lowe’s will pass out free Lowe’s buckets full of vendor-donated supplies such as:

  • Gloves
  • Flashlights
  • Goggles
  • DampRid moisture absorber
  • Batteries
  • Bug spray
  • Trash bags
  • Bottled water

Here is the list:

In Northwest Florida:

  • Lowe’s of Gulf Breeze, 1421 Tiger Park Lane, Gulf Breeze, Fla. 32563
  • Lowe’s of Pensacola, 1201 Airport Blvd., Pensacola, Fla. 32504
  • Lowe’s of SW Pensacola, 4301 West Fairfield Drive, Pensacola, Fla. 32505
  • Lowe’s of Ensley, 777 West Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, Fla. 32534

In Alabama:

  • Lowe’s of Mobile, 151 E. I-65 Service Road South, Mobile, Ala. 36606
  • Lowe’s of West Mobile, 7760 Airport Blvd., Mobile, Ala. 36608
  • Lowe’s of SW Mobile, 4401 Rangeline Road, Mobile, Ala. 36619
  • Beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 21, while supplies last
  • Lowe’s of Daphne 2251, 29645 Frederick Blvd., Daphne, Ala. 36526

9:18 a.m.

The latest on local roads

Escambia County

·       The Pensacola Bay Bridge on U.S. 98 is closed to all traffic.

Santa Rosa County

·       Garcon Point Bridge (State Road (S.R.) 281) is open to limited to two-axle vehicles. Emergency service vehicles, including ambulances and fire trucks, are permitted to cross the bridge as well as sport-utility vehicles, pick-up trucks, and private vehicles towing single or double-axle trailers. Trucks need to continue to follow the truck detour routes.

·       The outside eastbound lane of U.S. 90 from the Escambia County Line to Bass Hole Cove Bridge is closed due to shoulder erosion.

Jackson County

·       S.R. 166 (Caverns Road) from Russell Road to S.R. 71 is closed due to flooding. 

Washington County

·       S.R. 277 from Pioneer Road to Bonnett Pond Road is closed due to flooding.

Motorists are encouraged to monitor weather reports and road conditions and to be on the lookout for flooded roads. If the road ahead is flooded, turn around and find an alternate route. Flooded roads may hide the fact that the roadway is washed out underneath and as little as six inches of rushing water can force your car off the road.

For the latest closures and updates, travelers can access Florida’s 511 service from cell phones, landlines and online at www.FL511.com

7:53 a.m.

Water, MREs in Santa Rosa

The Florida National Guard will be operating four distribution points in Santa Rosa County for residents to receive MREs and water today and Sunday. The goal is to have them open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

MREs and water available at the following locations

  • Hickory Hammock Baptist Church, 8351 Hickory Hammock Rd. in East Milton
  • King Middle School, 5928 Stewart St. in Milton
  • Navarre High School, 8600 High School Blvd. in Navarre

MREs only

  • Santa Rosa Sportsplex, 5976 Chumuckla Hwy. in Pace

Sept. 18

4:22 p.m.

Roads update

Here is the latest on roads in Florida counties affected by Hurricane Sally:

Chipley – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is providing an update on state road and bridge closures and restrictions in Northwest Florida due to Hurricane Sally.

Escambia County

·       The Pensacola Bay Bridge on U.S. 98 is closed to all traffic.

Santa Rosa County

·       Garcon Point Bridge (State Road (S.R.) 281) is open to limited to two-axle vehicles. Emergency service vehicles, including ambulances and fire trucks, are permitted to cross the bridge as well as sport utility vehicles, pick-up trucks, and private vehicles towing single- or double-axle trailers. Trucks need to continue to follow the truck detour routes.

·       The outside eastbound lane of U.S. 90 from the Escambia County Line to Bass Hole Cove Bridge is closed due to shoulder erosion.

·       S.R. 89 is closed at the Alabama State line due to roadway damage in Alabama.

Jackson County

·       S.R. 166 (Caverns Road) from Russell Road to S.R. 71 is closed due to flooding. 

Washington County

·       S.R. 277 from Pioneer Road to Bonnett Pond Road is closed due to flooding.

Motorists are encouraged to monitor weather reports and road conditions and to be on the lookout for flooded roads. If the road ahead is flooded, turn around and find an alternate route. Flooded roads may hide the fact that the roadway is washed out underneath and as little as six inches of rushing water can force your car off the road.

For the latest closures and updates, travelers can access Florida’s 511 service from cell phones, landlines and online at www.FL511.com.

4:09 p.m.

Gulf Power update

“Based on initial assessments of the hardest-hit areas, we expect to restore 95% of customers who can receive power in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties by the end of the day on Tuesday, Sept. 22. We expect that customers in Okaloosa counties whose homes and businesses are able to receive power will essentially be restored by late this evening," a news release said.

“Please know these estimated restoration times do not necessarily mean that is when you will receive power. These estimates represent the entire length of time it will take to essentially restore power to customers in an area. Most customers will have their power restored before the estimated restoration time that is provided. We know you need as much information as possible so you can make decisions for you and your family, and we are working to provide more localized restoration estimates for each county tomorrow.

“If power is restored in your neighborhood and you still do not have power, first please check your breakers. If this is not the issue, please report your outage on the Gulf Power Mobile App or call 800-GUPOWER (800-487-6937),” the release concluded.

3 p.m. 

Watch The Escambia County Press Conference 

2:43

Pensacola State College

All offices, classes and activities at Pensacola State College will remain closed through Sunday. PSC plans to reopen Monday, but will monitor progress on storm-related issues and send additional alerts if plans change.

Go to pensacolastate.edu for additional information. All maintenance and security personnel should contact their supervisors for instructions.

2 p.m. 

Hot Meals From Salvation Army

Today only

Brownsville Community Center- dinner starting between 4:45 and 5 until gone

Westminster Village - 3 pm 350 meals to be served until gone

The Park by Salvation Army on Q Street - 3 pm until gone

Emmanuel Baptist Church in Pace - starting approximately at 3 pm until gone

Olive Baptist Church Warrington - starting approximately 3pm until gone

Navarre Beach Updates 

The checkpoint on Navarre Beach has moved to west of the pier parking lot.

Access to Navarre Beach west of the pier will be restricted to residents, verified guests and workers/business owners.  Navarre Beach east of the pier will be open to the public on Saturday along with the marine park. The pier will be accessible to a certain point as repairs are ongoing. Visitors to the pier should not go past barriers in place for their safety.

The Navarre Beach Boat Ramp along with the floating dock/kayak access on the sound side on Navarre Beach will remained closed for safety until further notice, do not go past safety barriers put in place.  Navarre Beach restrooms are open with exception of the Black Skimmer Pavilion.

1:50 p.m.

UWF to reopen Thursday

The University of West Florida has extended its closure through 4:59 a.m. Thursday to allow the University time to regain power and continue the cleanup. Only essential personnel and residential students are permitted at UWF locations at this time.

All courses, including online courses, are cancelled. All assignments, exams, virtual and in-person courses are suspended during this time. All virtual or in-person meetings, activities and services are suspended during this time.

1:45 p.m.

Urgent medical needs Saturday/Sunday

Community Health Northwest Florida will open two sites Saturday and Sunday to care for patients with urgent medical needs (all other sites remain closed at this time).

Adult Walk-in Care will be provided in the Pediatric Suite on the ground floor of our Main Site at 2315 W. Jackson St., Pensacola, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults only. Park in the rear parking lot; enter through Pediatrics door.

Children/Pediatric Walk-in Care will be provided at the Pediatric Convenient Care location, 5375 N. Ninth Ave., Pensacola, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children only. Enter through regular Pediatric Convenient Care entrance.

Questions: 850.436.4630.

1:30 p.m.

Escambia County information:

  • A 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly curfew has been issued for Escambia County due to Hurricane Sally. This curfew includes the City of Pensacola. The violation of an emergency order is a second degree misdemeanor, which is a maximum of 60 days in jail/$500 fine.
  • Escambia River- A flood warning continues for the Escambia River near Century until further notice. Wednesday night, the river stage was 17.1 feet. The Escambia River is expected to rise to a crest of 25.2 feet early this afternoon. At 24.2- the level of a record flood on March 18, 1990, water will enter several houses on Worley Road, Daffin Road and Fairground Rain in Molino.
  • Perdido River- A flood warning continues for the Perdido River near Barrineau Park until this evening. Wednesday night, the stage was 22.3 feet, well above flood stage of 13 feet.

12:21 p.m. 

Navarre Park Closed

Navarre Park is closed for maintaince after storm surge has damaged much of the park. Santa Rosa County's Sheriff's Office has a command post setup. SRSO's checkpoint Navarre Causeway continues. Only residents/guests and those permitted to be on Navarre Beach will be granted entry. 

Free Cases Of Water Tomorrow In Cantonment

10:30 a.m. 

Latest Update From FDOT 

Escambia County

·Pensacola International Airport has suspended operations for all arriving and departing commercial aircraft.

·The Pensacola Bay Bridge on U.S. 98 is closed to all traffic.

Jackson County

·S.R. 166 (Caverns Road) from Russell Road to S.R. 71 is closed due to flooding.

Santa Rosa County

·Garcon Point Bridge (State Road (S.R.) 281) is open to limited to two-axle vehicles. Emergency service vehicles, including ambulances and fire trucks, are permitted to cross the bridge as well as sport utility vehicles, pick-up trucks, and private vehicles towing single or double axle trailers. Trucks need to continue to follow the truck detour routes.

·The outside eastbound lane of U.S. 90 from the Escambia County Line to Bass Hole Cove Bridge is closed due to shoulder erosion. · S.R. 89 is closed at the Alabama State line due to roadway damage in Alabama.

Washington County

·S.R. 277 from Pioneer Road to Bonnett Pond Road is closed due to flooding.

10:20 a.m. 

Free Ice And Water At Two Winn-Dixie Locations

Two local Winn-Dixie locations will provide free water and ice to the Pensacola community to support Hurricane Sally relief efforts. About 1,700 cases of water and 2,000 bags will be available. The water and ice can be picked up on Friday, Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. at the following store locations: 

Winn-Dixie #504, 7135 N. Ninth Ave., Pensacola

Winn-Dixie #498, 1550 S. Hwy. 29. Cantonment 

10 a.m.

Escambia County Press Conference

9:53 a.m.

UWF update

The University of West Florida is closed until Monday.

WUWF’s Avery Lockett also found out the following:

  • Across the campus, power is out, but water is running. There is a boil-water advisory in Escambia County.
  • The University Commons is open to students and faculty from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Nautilus Market is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with food and charging power available.
  • The police and maintenance department are working together to assess damage to buildings across campus.
  • Police are reaching out to students whose parents are calling concerned about them.

Also, UWF Assistant Police Chief Deborah Fletcher ask those on campus to:

  • Be mindful of the debris on the roads and on walkways.
  • Remember, the phone networks are damaged, so phone calls and messages might not send as reliably.
  • All students are advised to be in their rooms by dark, for safety. 
  • The UWF Guardian App is available for improved on-campus safety.
  • Police will to escort students to their destination if it’s dark or unsafe.

9:45 a.m. 

Walton County Collecting Reports Of Property Damage

Walton County EOC is collecting reports of damage to private property that occurred due to Hurricane Sally.

The assessment will aid Walton County in applying for FEMA Individual Assistance. Please note that completing this survey does not guarantee that FEMA assistance will be granted nor is it a requirement to be eligible for assistance should Walton County receive a FEMA Individual Assistance declaration.

The form can be found at waltoncountyem.org or directly at https://bit.ly/3hDYj77.

If you do not have access to online services, or have issues with the form, call the Citizen Information Center at (850) 892-8392, and they can assist you with the completion of the form.

8:50 a.m.

Gulf Power update

“We restored power to 127,000 customers last night and continue to work to restore throughout Northwest Florida,” Gulf Power said in a tweet.

8:45 a.m.

Generator tips

The state department of health recommends the following to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Do not burn charcoal or gas grills inside a house, garage, vehicle, tent or fireplace.
  • Never use a generator indoors, including in homes, garages, basements and crawl spaces.
  • Opening doors and windows, or using fans, will not prevent CO build-up in the home.
  • Keep portable generators or gasoline engines outside and away from open windows, doors, window air conditioners or exhaust vents that could allow CO to come indoors.
  • Remember you cannot see or smell CO. Portable generators can produce high levels of CO very quickly.

8:31 a.m.

Tax collector’s office update

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles said tax collector offices in Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Walton counties remain closed Friday, as is FLHSMV's regional service center in Pensacola. Okaloosa has three of six offices open.

8:26 a.m.

Business survey

In response to Hurricane Sally, the Business Damage Assessment Survey has been activated. Businesses who were affected by Hurricane Sally are encouraged to fill out the survey at https://bddy.me/32Bzapw

8:18 a.m.

Okaloosa update

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) reopened the Shoal River Bridge on I-10 in Okaloosa County at 7:30 a.m. today. FDOT engineers have inspected the bridge and performed tests to verify that the bridge is structurally sound.

8 a.m.

Stores reopening

From the Greater Pensacola Chamber: Stores that are currently open: All Home Depots and Lowes are open from 6 a.m. until curfew. Target stores are open until 7 PM with limited supplies (dry goods only). All Publix stores are open but hours vary by location.

7:41 a.m.

Okaloosa County update

The Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections offices is closed to the public today. Phones at the Crestview office will be staffed for any calls from voters. Updates will be posted to the Supervisor of Elections website, www.voteokaloosa.gov, and their Facebook page @okaloosacountysupervisorofelections.

7:20 a.m.

Urgent medical needs

Community Health Northwest Florida will open two sites to care for patients with urgent medical needs (all other sites remain closed at this time).

Adult Walk-in Care will be provided in the Pediatric Suite on the ground floor of our Main Site at 2315 W. Jackson St., Pensacola, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults only. Park in the rear parking lot; enter through Pediatrics door.

Children/Pediatric Walk-in Care will be provided at the Pediatric Convenient Care location, 5375 N. Ninth Ave., Pensacola, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children only. Enter through regular Pediatric Convenient Care entrance.

7:15 a.m.

Santa Rosa County

All county offices will remain closed today with exception of the offices involved in response and recovery of Hurricane Sally. Offices are expected to reopen Monday.

7 a.m.

UWF trails closed

The nature trails on UWF’s Pensacola Campus are closed due to debris. The university remains closed until Monday to complete cleanup efforts.

6:48 a.m.

COVID testing

The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County will suspend COVID-19 testing today. Testing is expected to resume normal operations Monday.

Sept. 17

4:06 p.m. 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice In Okaloosa County

Okaloosa County's Water and Sewer Department is reporting several sanitary sewer overflows in its County West service area, which services unincorporated Mary Esther, due to heavy rain and loss of power.

The large majority of County West’s 26 lift stations which are serviced by the Russell Stephenson Water Reclamation Facility were overwhelmed and/or submerged during Sally’s move onshore September 16. The area received 22” of rain – 19” of it on the 16.

During the storm, Water and Sewer was closely monitoring the system and the associated alarms through various forms of telemetry. However, the wastewater collection system was not able to handle prolonged mass power outages paired with the unprecedented rain. The system typically flows around 500,000 gallons on an average day.

“Full restoration is not possible until commercial power is restored. Gulf Power is fully working towards that," said Water and Sewer Deputy Director Mark Wise. 

Water and Sewer staff is coordinating with the Florida Department of Environmental and the Florida Department of Health to estimate the spill volume.

4 p.m. 

Curfew In North Okaloosa 

3 p.m. 

Boil Water Advisory for Bagdad Garcon Point Area

Bagdad Garcon Point Water System has issued a precautionary boil water advisory notice for Mary Kitchens Road south to Avalon Boulevard and from Avalon Sanchez Court south to Garcon Point Road. 

Update From Escambia County 

2:19 p.m.

Flooding a danger in Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa County officials have issued the following updates:

  • The majority of water rescues are for motorists stranded in standing water. Turn around, don't drown! It is not possible to see if the road is compromised under standing water. Deep washouts are possible and not visible to drivers.
  • Residents on Blackwater River, Coldwater Creek and Pond Creek should make preparations and plans (that include pets) to move to higher ground quickly if needed and on short notice. Rivers and creeks rise at different levels at different times. Have a plan and be ready to leave. Be especially vigilant at night.
  • Emergency Communications is sending WEAs (wireless emergency alerts) to cell phones in flood warning areas as water levels rise. If you receive an alert, get to higher ground immediately. All residents near rivers and creeks should stay aware of rising water.2 p.m. 

City of Pensacola Launches Damage Assessment Dashboard

1:40 p.m. 

Update From Gulf Power On Restoration Efforts

1:16 p.m.

Baptist update

Baptist facilities are reopening as roadways are cleared and power and water are restored.

Open

  •  Baptist, Gulf Breeze and Jay hospital inpatient services and emergency departments
  • Baptist Behavioral Medicine inpatient care
  •  Baptist Medical Park-Airport Urgent Care and imaging
  •  Baptist Medical Park-Navarre Walk-In Care and imaging 
  •  Baptist Hospital outpatient radiation and infusion therapy services

11:58 

Pace Boil Water Advisory

A precautionary boil water notice has been issued for the following streets in Pace:

  • Kentwood Street
  • Lancer Street
  • Bayview Park
  • Vivian Court
  • Ashmore Lane
  • Twisted Pine Court
  • Twisted Oak Court

11:53 a.m.

Shoal River Update

Flooding along the Shoal River is expected to require the closure of Interstate 10 by the Florida Highway Patrol intermittently in both directions East of Crestview. Closures may be for extended periods.  Stay tuned to local news and www.fl511.com for further information.

11: 18 a.m.

Okaloosa Schools Closed Friday

Due to worsening flood conditions in various parts of the county that have resulted in significant road closures as well as ongoing power outages at a number of our schools, Superintendent Marcus Chambers has announced that schools will remain closed Friday, September 18. Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Walton County School Districts are also closed until Monday. 

11:13 a.m. 

Latest Update From FDOT 

Escambia County

·Pensacola International Airport has suspended operations for all arriving and departing commercial aircraft.

· The Pensacola Bay Bridge on U.S. 98 is closed to all traffic.

· The U.S. 98 bridge over Perdido Bay remains closed.

Okaloosa County

·U.S. 98 Okaloosa Island westbound travel lanes are open, the eastbound outside lane remains closed due to flooding.

· U.S. 98 at Hurlburt Field westbound lanes are closed. Eastbound travel lanes have been modified to handle two-way traffic (one eastbound and one westbound) at this time. 

· I-10 Shoal River Bridge is closed due to flooding.

Santa Rosa County

·Garcon Point Bridge (S.R. 281) is open to limited to two-axle vehicles. Emergency service vehicles, including ambulances and fire trucks, are permitted to cross the bridge as well as sport utility vehicles, pick-up trucks, and private vehicles towing single or double axle trailers. Trucks need to continue to follow the truck detour routes.

· S.R. 281 (Avalon Blvd) is closed between I-10 and Carroll Road due to flooding.

· Eastbound U.S. 98 from Pier Road to Palmetto Street is closed due to flooding.

· Westbound U.S. 98 at Woodland Park Lane is closed due to flooding.

11 a.m.

FLDEO Activates Business Damage Assessment Survey in Response to Hurricane Sally

DEO is currently surveying businesses in the affected counties. To access the business survey, please click here and select “Hurricane Sally” from the drop-down menu. Completed surveys will be used to determine which emergency support programs might be beneficial to aid recovery efforts in the area. Local, state and federal officials will use this information to provide any needed assistance programs needed for recovery.

10:45 a.m.

Update from City Of Milton

  • Power outages are still present in the community. Crews are working to restore power.
  • With the exception of Riverwalk Street, all streets within the City limits are open and passible. However, many traffic lights remain out. Treat inoperative or flashing traffic lights as 4-Way Stops.
  • An emergency debris hauler, under contract to the City, will be working in the community beginning Monday, September 21. When placing debris on the Right-Of-Way, please stay clear of overhead powerlines, power poles, guide wires, mailboxes, driveways, parked vehicles, and other structures. The debris hauler will be utilizing automated equipment for collection. Use special care when working with downed tree limbs, especially near power lines.
  • All residential trash collection routes will be run today, Thursday, September 1h. Following completion, Sanitation Services will resume their normal collection schedule.
  • City Crews have restored all municipal services. If you experience any issues with natural gas, water, or sewer, please call (850) 983-5400. If no answer, please leave a message. City Hall is open for business. All City Parks remain closed.
  • The City Council Committee of the Whole meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 17 has been rescheduled. The meeting will occur immediately following the 2nd Budget Hearing to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22.
  • Suspension of Cut-Off’s for non-payment of City Utilities has been extended until September 30. The Milton Community Center remains open as an emergency evacuation shelter. Space is available. The Milton Community Center is closed for regularly scheduled activities.
  • The City has placed Cover Weights over manholes in areas subject to flooding. These weights can substantially damage a vehicle and should be avoided.

10:40 a.m. 

Boil Water Advisory In Santa Rosa County

Advisory for Mary Kitchens Road only from Avalon Blvd. to Garcon Point Rd.

10:28 a.m. 

FEMA Response To Hurricane Sally

FEMA has commodities staged near the areas of impact from Hurricane Sally. These commodities are available to each affected state based on need and requests to FEMA for assistance. Shuttle drivers and trailers are onsite where these commodities are staged, ready to move assets to fulfill state requests. Resouces available include: 

  • Over 4 million liters of bottled water
  • 3.2 million meals
  • 289,000 blankets
  • 117,000 tarps
  • 52,500 blue roof sheeting
  • 6,500 cots
  • 23 generators

For more information, visit fema.gov

10:23 a.m. 

University Commons Open

UWF's University Commons will be open with power for residential students from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. Power remains out on all other areas of the campus. For university updates, visit facebook.com/westfl

10:12 a.m.

Garcon Point Bridge Open For Two-Axle Vehicles

From FDOT: Garcon Point Bridge (SR 281) is open to two-axle vehicles. Emergency service vehicles, including ambulances and fire trucks, are permitted to cross the bridge as well as SUVs, pick-up trucks, and private vehicles towing single or double axle trailers.

10 a.m. 

Updates From Escambia County

9:22 a.m.

Okaloosa County: The Florida Highway Patrol is shutting down the Shoal River Bridges on Hwy 85, HWY 90 and I-10.

8:55 a.m.

S.R. 281 between Carroll Rd and U.S. 90 is now open to one lane each direction. Outside lanes remain closed, but inside lanes are open.

7:50 a.m. 

Gulf Power Responding To Outages 

In a press release Wednesday night, Gulf Power announced it had restored power to more than 50,000 customers by 6 p.m. that evening. Around 234,000 customers were without power in Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties. 

A workforce of more  than 7,000 is currently working on restoration efforts, which have been impacted by heavy rains and flooding. Approximately 1,800 of the the workers are from the sister company, Florida Power & Light. 

Gulf Power reminds customers to maintain proper social distancing when they see crews. When driving, clear the way for Gulf Power trucks, and avoid stopping crews to ask about power restoration. For more information and updates, visit gulfpower.com. 

7:30 a.m. 

Road Closures/Updates From FDOT

Escambia County 

Escambia County The Pensacola Bay Bridge is closed to all traffic.

The Theo Baars Bridge (S.R.292/Gulf Beach Highway) is only open to residents and workers.

The U.S. 98 bridge over Perdido Bay remains closed. S.R. 196 (Bayfront Parkway) at Romana Street is closed due to flooding.

Santa Rosa County 

Garcon Point Bridge S.R. 281 remains closed.

S.R. 281 (Avalon Blvd) is closed between I-10 and Carroll Road due to flooding.

Okaloosa County 

U.S. 98 Okaloosa Island WB travel lanes are open, the EB outside lane remains closed due to flooding.

U.S. 98 at Hurlburt Field WB lanes are closed. EB travel lanes have been modified to handle two-way traffic (one eastbound and one westbound) at this time.

Walton County 

S.R. 81 near Windmill Road is closed due to flooding.

S.R. 20 near Basin Bayou is closed due to flooding. The outside eastbound lane of U.S. 98 near Veterans Road is closed due to flooding.

7 a.m. 

Blood Donations Needed 

OneBlood is urging all eligible blood donors living outside of the hurricane’s path to donate blood and help ensure a ready blood supply for the Florida Panhandle, as well as the rest of OneBlood’s service areas. 

OneBlood operations are currently suspended in Pensacola, Ft. Walton Beach and Crestview.

Donors are urged to make blood donation a habit.  To find a OneBlood location or Big Red Bus blood drive and to schedule an appointment, please visit www.oneblood.org.
 

Sept. 16

8 p.m.

Garcon Point Bridge closed

The Garcon Point Bridge on State Road (S.R.) 281 in Santa Rosa County is closed until further notice to allow Florida Department of Transportation inspectors to assess damage.

Due to the closure of the Pensacola Bay Bridge and the Garcon Point Bridge, motorists should utilize S.R. 87 as an alternate route. FDOT’s priority is to ensure the safety of the traveling public and will reopen the facilities only when they are deemed safe. For real-time traffic updates, please visit FL511.com or on Twitter @MyFDOT.

6 p.m.

Curfew Set For Santa Rosa County 

Santa Rosa County is under a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. until lifted. Access to the beach will be closed to all except for residents, verified guests and workers - much the same as earlier this year at the onset of COVID.

Since 12:01 a.m. on Wed., Sept. 16, responders have made 51 rescues (four in progress now), taken 484 9-1-1 calls and 510 calls in the citizen information center. Public works crews have begun clearing roads and will continue. 

All Santa Rosa County offices including the libraries, supervisor of elections, clerk of court, tax collector and property appraiser remain closed. 

Conserve water in Pace

Pace Water is asking all customers to conserve water as much as possible. Several of their pumps are running on generators so please don't overload them. There is NO boil water advisory.

City of Fort Walton Beach Offices Closed Until Monday

All non-essential City of Fort Walton Beach facilities will be closed and programs canceled for Thursday, Sept. 17, and Friday, Sept. 18. Emergency and essential services will remain available to the public including police, fire and public works. City offices are scheduled to reopen to the public Monday, Sept. 21.

Pensacola 311

The city of Pensacola’s 311 is down for non-emergency calls. The city is working to restore service as soon as possible.

FDOT Updates

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is providing an update on state road and bridge closures and restrictions in Northwest Florida due to Hurricane Sally.

Bay County

· Business U.S. 98 near Arizona Chemical Company is closed due to flooding.

· State Road 390 from New York Avenue to Mowat School Road closed due to flooding.

Escambia County

· Pensacola International Airport has suspended operations for all arriving and departing commercial aircraft.

· I-10 is closed from the Alabama-Florida state line through the Escambia Bay Bridge due to flooding. · The Pensacola Bay Bridge on U.S. 98 is closed to all traffic.

· The Escambia Bay Bridge on I-10 is closed due to high winds.

· The Theo Baars Bridge (S.R.292/Gulf Beach Parkway) is closed due to high winds.

· S.R. 292 at Mirella Street is closed due to flooding.

· The U.S. 98 bridge over Perdido Bay is closed due to high winds.

· U.S. 98 is closed at Paradise Lane due to flooding.

· U.S. 98 from North 13th Avenue to Baybridge Drive is closed due to flooding

· S.R. 196 at Romana Street is closed due to flooding.

· Northbound S.R. 297 (Pine Forest Road) is blocked by trees between 9-Mile Road and I-10.

Gulf County ·

U.S. 98 in Port St. Joe between Avenue D and Avenue A is closed due to flooding.

Holmes County ·

S.R. 79 from U.S. 90 to Son in Law Road in Bonifay is closed due to flooding. ·

U.S. 90 through the city limits of Bonifay is closed due to flooding.

· S.R. 81 from I-10 to Windmill Road is closed due to flooding.

Okaloosa County

· U.S. 98 from Calhoun Avenue to Marler Street is closed due to flooding.

· One lane eastbound on U.S. 98 in Destin from Regatta Bay Boulevard to Gulfstarr Drive is open to traffic. Westbound and additional lanes remain closed due to flooding. ·

Westbound U.S. 98 at Mary Esther Drive is closed due to flooding. ·

Marler Bridge is closed due to flooding. ·

S.R. 85 at Old Ferry Road is closed due to flooding.

· S.R. 85 at Lighthouse Point Road is closed due to flooding. ·

U.S. 98 from Ferry Road to Brooks Street is closed due to flooding. ·

Brooks Bridge on U.S. 98 is closed due to high winds.

Santa Rosa County ·

Garcon Point Bridge S.R. 281 is closed due to high winds. ·

S.R. 281 (Avalon Blvd) is closed between U.S. 90 and Carroll Road due to flooding.

Walton County ·

U.S. 98 is closed from Regatta Bay Boulevard to Gulfstarr Drive/Vinnings Way due to flooding. ·

S.R. 81 near Windmill Road is closed due to flooding. ·

S.R. 20 near Basin Bayou is closed due to flooding. ·

The outside southbound lane on the Clyde B. Wells Bridge on U.S. 331 is closed due to storm surge. ·

The outside eastbound lane of U.S. 98 near Veterans Road is closed due to flooding.

Washington County

Pine Log Creek Bridge on S.R. 20 is closed due to flooding.

· S.R. 277 from U.S. 90 in Chipley to Pioneer Road in Vernon is closed due to flooding. ·

U.S. 90 between Brown Street and Spangenberg Road in Chipley is closed due to flooding. ·

S.R. 77 from Wausau to Clayton Road is closed due to flooding. ·

S.R. 20 from S.R. 79 to S.R. 77 is closed due to flooding.

5:50 p.m. 

Free Medical And Mental Healthcare For Pensacola Residents Affected By Hurricane Sally

Teladoc is providing general medical care through phone or video visits at no cost for all individuals who have been displaced or impacted by Hurricane Sally.

Call the Teladoc disaster hotline at 855-225-5032 or go to www.teladoc.com/disaster-hotline/. You do not need to have health insurance for these free services. If you use a Teladoc account through your insurance plan, you will be charged the standard rate. Pharmacy refill extensions are still in place because of the COVID-19 state of emergency so you may fill prescriptions early.

Florida Blue’s bilingual emotional support helpline is available at no cost to everyone in Florida, 24/7, whether or not you have Florida Blue insurance, at 833-848-1762. Talk with a specially trained behavioral health counselor for help with stress, anxiety, grief or anguish you may be feeling.

5:23 p.m.

State courts closed

State courts in Escambia and Walton counties will be closed on Thursday and Friday. Regular operations will resume Monday. 

State courts in Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties will be closed Thursday.  If closure is required on Friday, that announcement will be made as soon as possible.

5 p.m.

Okaloosa curfew tonight

A curfew is in effect in Okaloosa County from 9 p.m. today to 6 a.m. Thursday. Only emergency vehicles and other authorized vehicles are allowed on the roads.

4:15 p.m. 

Press Conference With Gov. Ron DeSantis 

4 p.m. 

Watch the Escambia County Afternoon Press Conference

3:49

Storm Surge At Navarre Park 

3 p.m.

No deaths associated with Hurricane Sally

Please stay off the roads. Stay home unless there is an emergency.

Dusk-to-dawn curfew in effect for the next three days in Escambia County. Sheriff David Morgan said there is a concern for looting in abandoned homes. Those caught looting will be prosecuted, Morgan promised.

ECUA issues precautionary boil-water notice for water to be used for drinking or cooking.

277 people rescued in Escambia County.

The National Guard has been activated and will be in Escambia County Thursday.

2:15 p.m. 

UWF Closed Until Monday

The University will be closed until Monday, September 21 through 4:59 a.m. to allow the University to assess damage and begin the cleanup process at UWF locations and allow the UWF community time to begin their recovery efforts. All courses, including online courses, are cancelled.

All assignments, exams, virtual and in-person courses are suspended during this time. All virtual or in-person meetings, activities and services are suspended during this time. Essential employees must report to work, as assigned. If you are essential personnel and required to report to work, your supervisor will notify you.

The University will resume operations at 5 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 21, unless otherwise notified by the University. The University community is advised not to travel unless it is absolutely critical at this time. Essential personnel will be permitted on campus and routed to the safest path. Power remains out on campus but will be restored as soon as possible. Gulf Power cannot provide estimated restoration times. Dining Services is in the process of preparing food for residential students. The University communicates with students, faculty and staff via email, uwf.edu, facebook.com/westfl, twitter.com/uwf and the UWF Mobile Alert text messaging system. To learn more about Mobile Alert, visit uwf.edu/mobilealert.

1:39 p.m. 

Garbage Pick-Up Changes In City Of Fort Walton Beach

Commercial garbage normally collected on Wednesdays will be collected on Thursday, Sept. 17, along with the regularly scheduled Thursday pickups. Residential garbage that was scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 15, will be collected on Thursday, Sept. 17. This also includes all special needs customers. Residential recycling scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 17, will not be collected until the next scheduled collection day, which is Thursday, Sept. 24. Residents are advised to place cans by the curb Wednesday evening (tonight) for Thursday collection and to make sure cans are in an upright position. Any cans that are not upright will not be serviced until next service day. Normal service for Friday, Sept. 18, will take place. This includes scheduled bulk household pickup, residential recycling and commercial service. Yard waste and storm debris will be collected as time allows. We understand that there will be a large amount of debris after the storm passes. We will collect 4 cubic yards of debris each week per residence until all has been removed. This may take several weeks to complete. 

1:20 p.m.

View From Navarre Beach

1 p.m. 

Community Health Northwest Florida Centers Closed Tomorrow

CHNWF sites are all closed through Thursday, Sept. 17, as the center assess the condition of each site.  

View From Pensacola Beach 

Noon:

Escambia County

  • Officials are working to assess flooding and wind damage from Hurricane Sally. Everyone is encouraged to continue to shelter in place for as long as it remains safe to do so. Roadways are likely not safe for travel. There has been road damage in the county
  • Pensacola Energy asks the public to call 850-474-5307 if you smell gas.
  • The Citizen Information Line is available 24 hours a day for residents to call with questions or concerns at: (850) 471-6600
  • Everyone is encouraged to follow BeReadyEscambia Facebook and Twitter sites for the latest Hurricane Sally information.
  • While reaching out to friends and family, we encourage you to text rather than call to keep cell towers open for 911 callers.
  • Escambia County Fire and Rescue, National Guard and the Sherriff’s Office are actively working on water rescues and life saving measures in the Bristol Park and Woods.

Known Damage and Closure

  • A section of 3-Mile bridge has been damaged and is being accessed by FDOT, Emergency Management and county officials.
  • I10 traffic is being diverted eastbound at the 17 mile marker and westbound at the 31 mile marker until the barge and crane are secure.
  • Most of downtown Pensacola is flooded and not accessible.
  • Summit Blvd. is not accessible due to flooding
  • Airport remains closed until further notice.

City of Pensacola

  • Initial reports include significant flooding, downed trees and power lines, power outages and multiple traffic signal outages. The city has started initial damage assessments from Hurricane Sally, and crews will continue until the assessments are completed. 
  • Multiple roadways in the city are closed or impassable due to flooding, downed power lines and other debris. For a real-time road closures map, visit pensacolapolice.com.
  • The city is aware of multiple flooded facilities and roadways, and we appreciate the public's patience as damages are assessed. 
  • If you see a downed tree, power line or other non-emergency issue in the City of Pensacola, please call 311 or report it online at cityofpensacola.com/311.
  • At this time, Pensacola Fire Department and Pensacola Police Department are only responding to critical, life threatening emergencies due to high wind gusts and unsafe conditions. 
  • PFD and PPD have responded to multiple calls to rescue people from cars. Onlookers are putting themselves and first responders at risk and taking resources away from those who are experiencing critical, life threatening emergencies. 
  • PFD has been coordinating with a National Guard high water response vehicle to rescue multiple occupants trapped due to high waters. 
  • Pensacola Energy crews are responding to calls for service south of I-10 and will respond to calls north of I-10 when conditions are safe. If you smell natural gas or see a damaged gas line, please call Pensacola Energy at 474-5307.
  • City of Pensacola offices and community centers will remain closed Thursday. Essential personnel will be working.
  • City Sanitation Services are suspended for the remainder of the week.

11:45 a.m. 

Water Line Break In City Of Gulf Breeze

The City of Gulf Breeze is asking residents in city limits to conserve water after a water line break. For more information visit their Facebook page

11 a.m.:

Whiting Field suspends operations

From the Public Affairs office at Whiting Field Naval Air Station:

NAS Whiting Field at Condition of Readiness 1 due to Hurricane Sally

MILTON, FLA.—Due to inclement weather from Hurricane Sally, Naval Air Station Whiting Field has suspended normal operations and will be in Condition of Readiness (COR I) as of Wednesday, Sept. 16. Only mission essential personnel are required to report for duty. COR I means that destructive force winds (50 mph) are forecasted within 12 hours.  No personnel evacuations have been ordered at this time. Aircraft from Training Air Wing FIVE have been hangered on board the installation or flown to a safe location.

Continue to monitor local news and the NAS Whiting Field Facebook page (@naswhitingfield) for updates. NAS Whiting Field personnel should connect with their supervisor for any questions or issues.

10:30 a.m. Portion Of Pensacola Bay Bridge Missing 

Credit Midway Fire Department

10:08 a.m. Update From Escambia County