Hurricane

Hurricane postpones voter books closing

Hurricane postpones voter books closing

The Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections Office will be closing at noon Tuesday in order to prepare for Hurricane Michael. The closure will affect the voter registration deadline according to a press release from the office. In Florida, registration books close 29 days prior to an election. Due to the office closing early, paper […]

HURRICANE UPDATE: Hurricane Michael dangerous Cat 4

HURRICANE UPDATE: Hurricane Michael dangerous Cat 4

UPDATE: As of 10/10 at 6:30 a.m. Hurricane Michael is now a very dangerous Cat 4 storm with maximum sustained winds at 140 mph and higher gusts at the center. On its present forecast track the storm is set to landfall somewhere near Panama City. Currently the hurricane is moving toward the north at 13 […]

Extension launches comprehensive disaster blog

Extension launches comprehensive disaster blog

Floridians preparing for hurricanes can now access online resource to gather tips, tricks and the latest research to better prepare and better recover from storms. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (UF/IFAS) has launched disaster.ifas.ufl.edu, a blog site dedicated to publishing the university’s statewide database into a user-friendly format. Read the […]

UPDATE: First rain bands expected mid-day

UPDATE: First rain bands expected mid-day

UPDATE: 10/7  8:30 a.m. Hurricane Nate is a category 1 storm steaming through the Gulf of Mexico. Currently maximum sustained winds are at 85 mph with movement to the north northwest at 22 mph. Currently our area remains under a hurricane watch, tropical storm warning and storm surge warning. We spoke with Jason Beaman, meteorologist […]

Gulf Islands National Seashore closing all areas ahead of storm

Gulf Islands National Seashore closing all areas ahead of storm

Due to the threat of a Tropical Storm Nate becoming a hurricane this weekend, Gulf Islands National Seashore will close all areas of the park, including Fort Pickens and all of the Mississippi Islands. The national seashore areas will close tonight. All campers at Fort Pickens and the Davis Bayou Campgrounds must evacuate by noon […]

Future of Fort Pickens Road at mercy of Mother Nature

Future of Fort Pickens Road at mercy of Mother Nature

Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown watched the track of Hurricane Irma closely. He does it every time there is a major storm because he knows it could signal the end for Fort Pickens Road. “The roads we manage are subject to damage, if not complete destruction,” Brown said. “We’ve seen it happen again […]

Emergency officials keep Cold War vigilance

Emergency officials keep Cold War vigilance

Although a nuclear attack on our area is far less likely than such natural catastrophes as hurricanes, Daniel Hahn has a plan to take cover in his house and use a large couch as a shield from gamma rays. “I know my home. I know exactly what I would do in case of a hurricane, […]

Local children restore sand dunes

Local children restore sand dunes

With shovels and sea oats in hand, dozens of children of all ages set to work June 7 restoring vegetation along the Navarre Beach sand dunes at the foot of the fishing pier as part of Planting for Protection. The event was a partnership between the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station and Dune Doctors to […]

Power pole causes concern

Power pole causes concern

Tim and Karen Price love their new home in Holley by the Sea. They moved to the area from Atlanta in recent years, and they said they had friends in the area. Driving through the neighborhood, they said they knew they wanted to live here. So when they found a new house being built on […]

Florida declares tax holiday for disaster prep

Florida declares tax holiday for disaster prep

To prepare residents for hurricane season Florida has declared June 2-4 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax. During this time period, shoppers will not have to pay sales tax on eligible items and supplies that can be used to prepare for and recover from natural disasters that hit the Sunshine State. Items included in the sales tax […]

Santa Rosa to assist hurricane victims

Santa Rosa to assist hurricane victims

Three of Santa Rosa County’s emergency responders have headed into the path of hurricane Matthew to provide support to Flagler County in their time of need. Emergency Management Director Brad Baker, emergency Operations Section Chief Tom Lloyd and Midway Fire Chief Jonathan Kanzigg will assist Flagler in their emergency response to hurricane Matthew as the […]

Florida Chamber: Homeowners’ insurance rates pushed up by hurricane threat

Florida Chamber: Homeowners’ insurance rates pushed up by hurricane threat

Florida residents pay twice the national average for homeowners insurance according to the Florida Chamber Foundation, and the risk for catastrophic hurricanes may be to blame. East Bay Insurance Agency Principal John Hays handles thousands of homeowners’ insurance policies throughout the state of Florida. He said although the system is complex, the level of risk […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for May 14

5 Things to Know in Florida for May 14

Florida’s hurricane insurance fund strong for storm season Florida’s state-created fund intended to help pay out claims after a hurricane has reached a historic milestone. For the first time ever, the fund is entering a storm season with enough cash and assets on hand to pay off everything it could owe. New estimates show the […]

Businesses ready for tax-free holiday

Businesses ready for tax-free holiday

Gov. Rick Scott in May signed legislation that created three sales tax holidays, and the first one coincided with the start of the Atlantic hurricane season and was designed to encourage residents to make purchase now to be prepared. “We haven’t had a big rush yet. I think a lot of folks have already stocked […]

It only takes one to make an active season

It only takes one to make an active season

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) May 22 issued its 2014 Atlantic hurricane season outlook and is forecasting a near-normal or below-normal season for tropical activity. However, Daniel Hahn from Santa Rosa Emergency Management urges residents to be prepared. In preparation for hurricane season, Gov. Rick Scott earlier this month signed legislation approving tax-free […]