Sheriff's Office eyes Ian

As of Tuesday morning, Coastal Wakulla County was now under a tropical storm watch, which means tropical storm force winds were possible within the next 48 hours.

On Tuesday morning based on Ian’s projected size, impacts from the storm were expected by late Wednesday. While the Tuesday morning forecast was more favorable for the county, if Ian veered to the western edge of its current projected path Wakulla County could still be squarely in Ian’s path. Ian is also now expected to slow down as it comes into the state. There is a possibility the county could receive more than 8 inches of rain depending on how slowly it is moving and how close it comes to our region.

As of Tuesday, the forecast showed Ian would likely be a very large storm. Meaning even if Wakulla is not in the direct path of the storm’s center, the area is likely to have at least tropical storm effects here, including possible storm surge as Ian approaches. Though the Tuesday forecast showed the eye in the region by Friday, effects from the storm were expected well in advance.

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office opened a self-serve sandbag station Monday and Tuesday at the sheriff’s office in Crawfordville.

Sheriff Jared Miller reminded residents to prepare for any potential storm, including preparing homes for impact, gathering hurricane supplies and having an evacuation plan.

Based on the Tuesday morning forecast models, it did not appear that any shelters would be available in Wakulla County because it would not be safe to do so. WCSO will coordinate with surrounding counties to make sure if needed there would be shelter space available. Check WCSO’s Facebook page or the WCSO app for updates on shelters and other storm info.

Please remember if you have pets to have a plan in place for the storm.

For more real-time information regarding evacuation zones, shelters, etc., visit: https://gis-portal -update-wakullaplanning.hub.arcgis.com/.

WCSO announced that on-site in person visitation at the WCSO Jail will not be available beginning Thursday, Sept. 29, through Sunday, Oct. 2. Tentatively they will resume Monday, Oct. 3.

For information on how to better prepare for this or any storm, visit: www.wcso.org/emergency-management/page/hurricane-planning

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