Author: John Hagans

As Subtropical Storm Alberto approaches the Gulf Coast and transitions to a Tropical Storm, Holmes County has been placed under a Flash Flood Watch and a Tropical Storm Warning.

There is a possibility of 4″-8″ of rain through Tuesday and as stronger rain bands move through, higher amounts are possible creating flash flooding in some areas of the county. Rain from Alberto will begin this afternoon and continue through Monday evening.

Winds will increase through the afternoon and evening hours into Monday. Sustained Tropical Storm Force Winds of 40 mph are expected with higher gusts possible.

The tornado threat will increase this afternoon but will be more significant after midnight into Monday morning.

River flooding is likely beginning Tuesday through the rest of the week.

The biggest impact to Holmes County from Tropical Storm Alberto is the possibility of flash flooding, river flooding, and isolated tornadoes. Therefore, there are no plans to open Hurricane Shelters. If you feel you are not safe in your home, we encourage you to make arrangements to stay with friends or family in a more secure home or outside of the warning area all together.

Take precautionary measures now to protect your property and consider the possibility of extended power/phone outages for the next 24-72 hours. Have food, water, adequate medicine/medical supplies, fuel for your vehicle, flashlights and batteries.

When winds reach a sustained 45 mph, most high profile vehicle (including emergency vehicles) are not available for response,

For ongoing weather information visit the Holmes County Emergency Management’s Facebook

Bridge Closure

Update: Per Road Foreman, Rice Machine Bridge has been repaired and is now open.



Per Road Foreman, Rice Machine Bridge on Rice Machine Road will be closed today for repair until further notice.

Lane Restriction

U.S. 90 Routine Bridge Inspection Over  Choctawhatchee- There will be lane restrictions on U.S. 90 over the Choctawhatchee River at the Holmes/Washington County line from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 as crews perform a routine bridge inspection.