As the rain tapers and winds die down, residents are advised to be extremely cautious as they survey their homes, vehicles and property.
Do not approach or attempt to clear unstable trees or large branches. The soil is saturated, weakening the root bases of large trees. Many structures are unstable as well.
If you have lost power, turn off all appliances and electronics until power is restored. Officials from Gulf Power and West Florida Electric say it is likely electricity will not be restored for a significant period.Do not approach downed power lines.
A curfew is in place until tomorrow at 6 a.m. Do not leave your home (by foot or vehicle) and attempt to travel local roads until the curfew is lifted.
Emergency crews are currently assessing damage to homes, neighborhoods and local roadways throughout Holmes County. An estimated 70 percent of roads are blocked by trees in the Bonifay area, with reports of numerous downed trees and power lines throughout the rest of the county. Travel at this time is not only illegal, it is virtually impossible.
The temporary suspension of emergency response has ended, and police, fire and EMS are all responding to 911 calls. They are prioritizing response to potentially life threatening emergencies.
For the latest Hurricane Michael Emergency Information and Updates
Holmes County Citizen Hotline – (850) 547-1112
Facebook – Holmes County Emergency Management
Website – www.holmescountyem.org