Nassau County Emergency Management Director
“The bridge on 301 near Otis Road has washed out. It is impossible to use 301. If you are south of the bridge you can travel south and if north of the bridge you can travel north. I have asked the Sheriff to provide alternate routes and he will be on our Executive conf call at 10 am.
The weather update from the State is below.
- At 8pm Tuesday, Debby was downgraded to a tropical depression while located 25 miles north of Cedar Key, Florida.
- Debby crossed the northern Florida Peninsula overnight and at 5am Wednesday, was located just off the northeast coast of Florida near Palm Coast, or about 25 miles southeast of St. Augustine.
- Maximum sustained winds are now at 35 mph and little change in strength is expected during the next few days. However, Debby could once again strengthen to a tropical storm this weekend.
- Tropical Depression Debby is now moving toward the east-northeast at 10 mph and this general motion with an increase in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days before turning northeast on Friday or Saturday.
- All tropical storm warnings have been cancelled.
- All Flood and Flash Flood Watches have been cancelled, but Flood Warnings are in effect for several North Florida and West Central Florida rivers, as well as land areas in eastern Franklin, Wakulla, SW Jefferson, and SE Liberty Counties.
- In addition to the rain that has already fallen, including 4-8 inches in Northeast Florida yesterday, lingering showers and a few storms may produce rainfall amounts up to 1 inch today over the Florida Peninsula.
- These storm total rainfall accumulations could push rivers well into flood category for an extended period of time.
- The St. Marks, Sopchoppy, Anclote, and Little Manatee Rivers have crested, but many others are forecast to crest today through Sunday.
- The St. Mary’s River and Black Creek will crest at record levels today, while the upper Suwannee River and Upper Sante Fe Rivers are forecast to crest in major flood stage between today and Sunday.
- Lingering showers and storms moving into southern Central Florida and South Florida could become strong this afternoon and produce gusty winds, lightning and even an isolated tornado.
- Elsewhere, a disorganized tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic Ocean has a 10% chance of tropical cyclone development within the next 48 hours.
More information on the Tropical Depression Debby can be found at www.nhc.noaa.gov.”
June 27, 2012