PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (NEXSTAR MEDIA) — Tropical Storm Alberto is currently expected to make landfall somewhere between the Big Bend area and Destin around 7 a.m. Monday, May 28, the Bay County Emergency Operations Center in Panama City, Fla said Sunday afternoon.
In Bay County, Fla., the EOC says current wind predictions estimate tropical storm-strength gusts (39 mph and greater) to begin around 8 p.m. this evening. Sustained tropical storm-strength winds are expected to begin around 2 a.m. Monday, May 28 and continue through the late afternoon hours Monday.
The EOC will hold a press conference at 3 p.m. CT. You can watch live on our Facebook page.
More information from the Bay County Emergency Operations Center’s Sunday afternoon press release:
In addition to the windy conditions, Bay County is currently expected to receive approximately 8 inches of rainfall and minimal storm surge.
These conditions make traveling unsafe. During this time, residents and visitors should not be on the roadways and should plan on sheltering in place for the duration of the storm. The Florida Highway Patrol will monitor high-profile bridges and make any determinations regarding the safety of keeping bridges open for travel.
Should FHP close any bridges, an AlertBay notification will be issued, so the public is encouraged to sign up for notifications at www.alertbay.org. For the most current information, please follow Bay County Emergency Services on Facebook at @BayCountyFLEmergencyServices.
Bay County Emergency Services, in cooperation with the Red Cross and the Florida Department of Health in Bay County, will open a general population and special needs shelter at Deane Bozeman School at 13410 State Road 77 at 6 p.m. in anticipation of deteriorating weather caused by Tropical Storm Alberto. People who live in low-lying areas and mobile homes should consider relocating.
The shelter is a place to stay when no other sheltering option is available. It should only be used as a back-up to a personal sheltering plan. The shelter does not provide the comfort or convenience of a home or hotel, nor does it provide the level of care found in a medical facility.