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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
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Residents should expect and prepare for widespread power outages as Hurricane Michael crosses Holmes County, according to officials from Gulf Power and West Florida Electric. Once the power goes out, it will likely not be restored for an extended period of time.
Utility officials stationed at the Holmes County Emergency Operations Center are advising residents to take the following precautions:

Do not approach downed power lines.

Turn off all appliances when electricity is lost, and do not turn them back on until power is restored.

Do not attempt to connect a portable generator to household electric service. Do not try and backfeed a home.

Never operate a generator in an enclosed space (garage, covered porch, below a window, etc.)

For the latest Hurricane Michael Emergency Information and Updates
Holmes County Citizen Hotline – (850) 547-1112
Facebook – Holmes County Emergency Management
Website –

Emergency Management Team Coordinating Local Storm Response

The Holmes County Emergency Management Team is busy coordinating local storm response and recovery activities from the Emergency Operations Center in Bonifay.
Sheriff John Tate has advised residents to stay off local roads, as wind speeds are expected to reach hurricane force (sustained 80 mph with higher gusts) within the hour.
Residents are urged to shelter in place, and to not attempt to drive to an evacuation shelter until the wind speeds have died down.

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