Only tropical storm conditions expected throughout Okaloosa Co.


Fort Walton Beach fire department removes a downed treed in the Tanglewood subdivision today. (Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office)

HOLT, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018—Okaloosa County is not expecting sustained hurricane conditions according to the county administrator.

During a mid-morning news conference, Okaloosa County Commissioner John Hofstadter gave an update based on a recent briefing by the National Weather Service.

According to Hofstadter, there’s only a 5-percent probability of hurricane-force winds.

“We did receive some good news for Okaloosa County,” he said. “We are expecting strong tropical-storm-force winds from 50 mph to maybe 70 mph with some isolated gusts.”

Rainfall amounts from Hurricane Michael are expected between 2-to-3 inches, causing other problems for the area, said Hofstadter.

“We’re still going to be dealing with an already-saturated ground which means that more than likely we’re going to see some down trees,” he said. “And with that is going to be some down power lines. We will have damages as a result of this and more than likely we’re going to see some power outages.”

The worse weather is expected to occur between now and around 5 p.m., he said.

“We’re going to have some stormy conditions, some windy conditions, but it’s not as bad as our neighbors to the east are going to experience,” Hofstadter said. “After 5 p.m., we should start seeing receding winds.”

The county administrator requested people to stay off the roads until crews had a chance to clear any debris.

“Give our crews a chance to assess damages, get trees removed out of the roadways and maintain that access for our first responders,” he said.

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