storms

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 […]

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 […]

Insurers blame assignment of benefits for rising premiums

Insurers blame assignment of benefits for rising premiums

Home and business owners in Florida can expect the cost of property insurance to rise in 2017 and to keep climbing in the coming years, East Bay Insurance owner John Hays says. But in a state where hurricane damage has historically been the cause of insurance woes, these increases in many cases have nothing to […]

UPDATE: Severe weather expected evening into early morning

UPDATE: Severe weather expected evening into early morning

Current Weather Alerts for Santa Rosa County:   Tornado Watch in effect until 10 p.m. this evening.   Coastal Flood Advisory is now in effect from 6 p.m. this evening to 6 p.m. tomorrow.   Wind Advisory remains in effect until 6 a.m. tomorrow.         Santa Rosa County Emergency Management officials are […]

Flood control work could be ineffective

Flood control work could be ineffective

The $400,000 engineering study ordered up by Santa Rosa County commissioners two years ago suggests $60 million in possible flood control measures for Holley by the Sea but warns that some may not be worth the money. Several of the 30 projects cited by Baskerville Donovan Inc. as having stormwater prevention potential for residential neighborhoods, […]

Santa Rosa County Flood Update 12

Santa Rosa County Flood Update 12

Flood Update # 12 Sand & Sandbags In preparation for possible additional rain Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Santa Rosa County is making sand and 25 sandbags per vehicle available to the public at no cost at several locations. Residents should bring shovels and be prepared to fill and load bags. County and fire department staff […]