Oct. 26, 4 p.m. - Per the National Hurricane Center, Zeta strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane at 2:10 p.m. Santa Rosa County is now under a tropical storm watch and surge watch. A watch is issued when conditions pose a possible threat generally within 48 hours. A watch does not mean conditions will occur, only that these conditions are possible. Any decision regarding county office closures or school closure will be made on Tuesday.Emergency Management officials continue to closely monitor Zeta. While potential impacts are still too early to determine, residents are reminded to follow the National Weather Service and local media outlets for the most recent weather updates. The National Weather Service of Mobile is forecasting potential local impacts from Zeta to include dangerous surf, strong winds, coastal flooding, heavy rain and possible tornadoes. Most of the impacts will occur Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night. Details regarding the area of greatest risks and impacts will be refined as confidence increases.
SandSand is being replenished at the county's regular locations as well as three additional locations highlighted below – residents should provide their own sandbags, shovel and manpower:
Bags are available for purchase (generally 50 cents each) at:
What residents can do now to prepare
Evacuations and shelters
For current weather events, visit www.weather.gov/mob. For information on preparing for disasters, visit www.santarosa.fl.gov/emergency.