City of Orange Beach Hurricane Michael Update - Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 4 p.m.
At present, Hurricane Michael is still predicted to make landfall between Destin and Apalachicola on the Florida panhandle by Wednesday, Oct. 10.
A Tropical Storm Warning is still in effect for Mobile and Baldwin Counties in Alabama, including our area. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the from the Alabama-Florida border east to Suwanee River on the Florida panhandle.
Our area is expected to get Tropical Storm Force Winds ranging from 39 to 74 miles per hour Tuesday evening through Wednesday.
—Double red flags are flying, meaning Gulf waters are closed.
—Low-lying area flooding potential
—Expect high winds and gusts
—Secure outside areas and boats from rising water.
—Watch for water over roads in low areas
—Expect heavier traffic due to influx of panhandle evacuees coming to Orange Beach.
—No evacuations are anticipated at this time for Orange Beach. Voluntary evacuations possible in Perdido Key, Fla
—Baldwin County Schools will be closed on Wednesday, October 10th
—All city offices will be open on Wednesday. However, some programs such as Camp Sunshine and the Expect Excellence after-school program will not be held Wednesday. Parents should make other arrangements for children out of school.
—No youth recreation activities on Wednesday.
—Aquatics Center will be closed Wednesday.
—Baldwin County has opened the Coliseum on Fairground Road in Robertsdale as an emergency shelter for anyone seeking accommodation. All questions related to finding emergency shelter should be directed to the Emergency Management Agency Department at http://baldwincountyal.gov/departments/ema.
—The opening of Shrimp Fest has been delayed until 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 12
For the latest weather information, visit https://www.weather.gov/mob/
Traffic update: some roads in Orange Beach already have water over them. Cypress Street off Canal Rd near Canoe Trail 2, Boggy Point and Marina Rd, Jubilee Point Road, Claudette Circle, portions of the Captain's Cove subdivision... watch for low areas and water over the roads.