Gulf Islands National Seashore will close the Fort Pickens Area beginning August 14 at 8 p.m., in response to Tropical Depression Fred approaching the Northwest Florida area.
A mandatory evacuation of the Fort Pickens Campground began August 14, with all campers and staff expected to leave by noon August 15. All campground reservations will be postponed or cancelled until further notice.
All other areas will remain open for day use.
The severe weather is anticipated to cause flooding of roads and campgrounds, dangerous surf conditions, and overwash. High winds and heavy rain fall in combination with high tide can push sand and water onto roads, making it unsafe for travel.
Park staff will continue to assess conditions throughout the weekend and will reevaluate all park areas Monday, August 16 for reopening conditions and announce updates as appropriate.
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