Hurricane Irma Storm Update
Hurricane Irma remains a very large and powerful storm. While the storm is forecasted to turn a little more to the west, County staff are communicating constantly with state officials and closely watching the storm’s track. Small changes in the storm’s direction can make a big difference in our protective actions.
Tropical storm force winds will be felt well away from the center of the storm and are expected in our area early Sunday morning and will last throughout the day into Monday. Main impacts to our area include wind damage and power outages. Those power outages may be longer and more widespread than what was experienced with Hurricane Hermine.
Madison County Schools, North Florida Community College and St. Leo University will be closed Monday, September 11, 2017 and Tuesday September 12, 2017.
The Madison County Central School (MCCS) will open as a risk shelter and special needs on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 5:00 pm for people living in Madison County that need a safe place to ride out the storm. MCCS is the ONLY approved risk shelter in our county designed to withstand storm force winds.
New Testament Christian Center will open as a host shelter beginning this evening at 6:00 p.m. This shelter is located at 2558 East US Highway 90.
Madison County offices, the Town of Greenville and Town of Lee will be closed Monday. City of Madison offices will be closed Monday and Tuesday. However, crews and essential personnel will be out responding as needed.
We are seeing an influx of evacuees from South Florida on several of the major roadways. It is recommended that you only travel if absolutely necessary. All motel rooms are full. Jellystone Campground has 10 small campsites left and dry parking in their field is available.
According to the Tallahassee National Weather Service, large amounts of rainfall are not expected for the Big Bend portion of the State. They are predicting 4 to 6 inches at this time. River flooding is not expected, however there is a possibility the Withlacoochee River may reach minor flood stage.
Please remember to continue to monitor the weather, because small shifts in the storms direction over the next several days can change things quickly. A new update will be available as new information becomes available. Please visit our Madison County Emergency Facebook page for up to date weather and storm preparation information.